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THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 31 JANUARY, 1984 NO. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2: u 



l NEW YEAR THOUGHTS 
/ 
Let us walk softly, friends.; •■ 
For strange'' paths lie before ua 'all untrod, 
The New Year, spotless from the hand of God, 
Is thine and mine,. friend. 

Let us- walk straightly, friend; 
Forget the crooked paths behind us now, 
Pr&ss on with steadier purpose on our brow, 
I To- better de.eds, friend. 

| Let us walk gladly, friend; 
Perchance some greater good than we have known ■ 
Isf waiting for us, or some fair hope flown 
I Shall yet return, friend, 

/ Let us walk humbly, friend; 

Slight not the heart ( s-ease blooming round our feet; 
The Laurel blossoms are not half so sweet," 
Or "lightly gathered, friend. 

Let- us walk kindly, friend; 
We cannot tell how long this life shall last, 
How soon these precious years be overpast; 

Let Love walk with us, friend. 

Let us walk quickly, friend: 
Work with our might while lasts our little stay, 
And help some halting comrade on the way; 

And may God guide us, friend, 

— Lillian Gray 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



"HOW WAS YOUR WALK? n 

Possibly with a question something like this, men 
will be asked to give account of their deeds before 
the throne of God* It can also be a searching ques- 
tion for us as we review another year that is forever 
in the paste To assess our lives with such a question 
can be profitable if we resoive to improve in the new 
year G 

For those of us who have obeyed the Lord in faith, 
repentance for our sins, and Christian baptism, there 
still remains the important issue of our daily walko 
For our walk is our life— our conduct and progress on 
the narrow way c This walk ends only when life ends*, 

To scan the obituaries in the local paper reminds 
us of the swiftness of time Q Some of our friends 
finished their journey in l983o The rest of us still 
are pilgrims on the path of life*, We cannot see the 
end of the road, but only one step at a time 

In God ! s word we have a map or set of directions 
for this path, and it is expedient that we read it 
well. Psalm 119:105 says, "Thy word is a lamp unto my 
feet, and a light unto my path." Verse 19s "I am a 
stranger in the earths hide not thy commandments from 
roe*" Verses 56 and 67 s "Teach me good judgment and 
knowledges for I have believed thy commandments „ Be- 
fore I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I 
kept thy wordo" God 1 s word is .rich in directions for 
travellers on the ways we will consider just a few 
We can read and learn, but we also need practice like 
a child needs practice to learn to walk without fall- 
ing and then to walk skilfully without conscious ef- 
fort,, One of the most important directions is to-* 

Walk in Love 

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children^ 
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us ? and 
hath giveh himself for us an offering and a sacrifice 



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to God for a sweetsmelling savourJ 1 (Ephesians 5:1,2) 
The loving walk is a considerate and a sacrificial 
walko We recognize the needs of other travellers and 
give of ourselves to help them as Jesus gave Himself 
for use It is good to see husband and wife walking 
together holding hands 6 It is heart- warding to see a 
young person helping an older one along, or a parent 
guiding a child on a difficult trailo Mountain 
climbers must trust one another and help each other 
and even risk their lives to support each other* All 
these picture the spiritual walk of love* Romans 14 
directs us in receiving and tolerating one another* 
Paul here recommends that we give up an unimportant 
thing rather than put a stumbling block in our broth- 
er's way* Verse 15 says, "But if thy brother be 
grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably* 
Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Ghrist died," 
Walking charitably, we value the soul of a brother 
more than our own comfort or plea sure e . We see values 
in their proper order* 

lialk Humbly 

"He hath shewed thee, man, what is good; and what 
doth the lord require of thee, hut to do justly, and 
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" 
(Mic'ah 6:8) This kind of conduct is- acceptable and 
impressive to alio It pleases God because it not only 
is becoming to the Christian, but it also works. Hen 
respond to justice, mercy, and humility* Humility 
accompanies maturity and wisdom* The proud self- 
assured stride of the rash youth shows the other ex- 
tremeo Humility characterized the walk of our Lord 
Jesus Himself o And .we are to follow His steps* 

Walk Circumspectly 

n See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, 
but as wise*" (Ephesians 5sl5) The word used here 
means also "exactly" and is translated "diligently" 
in Matthew 2:8 when Herod told the wise men to "Go and 
search diligently for the young child." (Jesus) It is 
translated "perfect" (in adjective form) in Luke 1:3s 



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* having had perfect understanding of all things 
from the very first * o n So this walk is not to be 
haphazards but diligent, careful, exact, and with wis- 
dom* When you see soldiers marching or a band all 
keeping step with good posture and precision, you know 
it did not. just happen; it took hours of training and 
practice* Just so, a walk before the Lord, ,! circum- 
spect", precise, diligent, is not haphazard but re- 
quires effort and skill* 

God is precise and His wisdom infinite* Kis per- 
fection and exactness are expressed in the creation of 
the universe from the tiniest atom to the most exten- 
sive galaxy of stars* May we walk before Him, sensi- 
tive to His desire for our perfection* 

Walk in the Light 

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, 
we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of 
Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin*" (I 
John 1:7) In the same chapter John declares that 
"« * * God is light, and in him is no darkness at alio' 1 
We cannot claim fellowship with God and walk in dark- 
ness* Apparently some in John's time were claiming to 
know God, but their conduct was not godly* John says 
they lie that claim such a position* Our verse de- 
clares a remedy for sin but not for a deliberate walk 
in darkness* Paul says (II Corinthians 6:1 4-18) that 
we, must not be yoked with unbelievers but to be sep- 
arate from them* n * * * For what fellowship hath 
righteousness with 1 unrighteousness? and what commun- 
ion hath light with darkness? * ... „ IT Paul also writes 
in Galatians 5sl6, "This I say then, Walk in the 
Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh*" 
Verse 25s lf l£ we live in the Spirit, let us also walk 
in the Spirit* 11 

Walk in the Day 

fl Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the 
day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, 
because he seeth the light of this world* But if a 
man walk in the night, he stumbleth,. because there is 



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no light in him° n (John lls9,10) Walking in the day 
compares to using daylight hours in our earthly trav- 
els and labors o Many older ones do not drive a car 
at nighto Beginners, too, leave night driving to 
someone else c Children often fear to walk in dark 
placeso I can well remember as a child fearing to 
walk out to the barn at night alone Darkness can 
also be dangerous* Think of exploring a cave or a 
mine shaft without a good ..light « Just so, we should 
use the day or time we have to walk in the Spirit B 
Jesus also said, U I must work the works of him that 
sent me, while it is days the night cometh, when no 
man can work.* 1 (John 9:4) 

Our time or our day is now, 1934 We can waste 
time wishing we lived in a former age a We can excuse 
ourselves because our circumstances don ? t suit us. 
But we have only the present We are here for a pur- 
pose j we have a place to fill* It is neither small 
nor unimportant if it is in God's willo 

Perhaps it is over-simplifying to say that our 
whole duty lies in doing God's will for us right' now, 
but that is the truth* I think also that we know 
God ! s will better than we sometimes care to admit - 
Cur problem lies in our wills — being willing to be 
led in God's will each momenta May we not put off 
our responsibilities until t: some more convenient 
seasono' 5 

There are many more aspects of this n walk n o John 
writes in II John 5 and 6, n And now I beseech thee, 
lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto 
thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that 
we love one another . And this is love, that we walk 
after his commandmeatso This is the commandment, 
That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should 
walk in it !T 

In 1984 may we walk honestly;; may we walk worthy ; 
may we walk in wisdom; may we walk by faith* Some day 
this walk will end and we, too, will be called home*. 
"I-Iow was your walk?" --L.Co 



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THE PARABLE OF THE HUNGRY HUNTER 

Hear the parable of the hunter and his nourishing 
dinner* 

A man went on a hunting trip, but found no game 
He returned to his house discouraged, cold, tired, and 
hungry o 

His wife, who had foreseen what the circumstances 
of his return might be, had prepared a lavish meal* 
To the good woman's astonishment, the hungry hunter 
was not inclined to eat In response to her frantic 
urging, he passed some complimentary remarks about the 
appetizing way in which the meal was served, but he 
would not eato 

Finally he did take a sip of soup and carefully put 
the rest in the refrigerator o Then, pale and weak 
from lack of nourishment, he went to bed* 

What purposeless action | what an improbable episode! 

But consider the case of a Book, much admired and 
little reado What other volume has received as much 
praise as the Bible? In every age, men great and 
small have given testimony that this is a Book among 
books, and there are few who have been bold enough to 
say otherwise 

In many American communities it would be difficult 
to find a home without a Bible But it is even more 
difficult sometimes to find a home where the Bible is 
regularly studied and its contents well-known* It may 
be the most expensively bound volume in the house, but 
it is also the least read* Like the hunter's dinner 
it is spurned with praise 

Perhaps you are the owner of such a Bible yourselfo 
You do not challenge those who sing its praises, but 
for you it is uninteresting, difficult to read, and 
hard to understand,, But you need the Bible as much 
as you need food and water Q For the Bible is the word 
of God and without it your God-given soul cannot sur- 
vive*, 

It is possible that what you need is simple prac- 
tice* You became too easily discouraged because you 
could not readily grasp new ideas when you first at- 



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tempted serious Bible study*, Take heart! Continue 
to read faithfully and ask the Author to help you to 
understand* Gradually you will find that studious 
application will bear fruit in this case as in the 
approach to any new subject • 

However, it may be that what really makes the 
Bible a s: dull n book for you is not what you do not 
understand, but what you d£ understand only too well© 
It was the custom in a certain Sunday School years 
ago to write in the flyleaf of all Bibles presented 
to its students, "Either this Book will keep you from 
sin ? or sin will keep you from this Book* 11 It is a 
formula which rarely breaks down,, 

Yet there are those who can read the Bible with 
no profit to their souls They receive it as fine 
literature, but not as the Word of Godo If one can 
find the Bible so interesting in such a disinterested 
way it is because he does not know the Author*, 

Read the Bible as the message sent to you from 
your God, and in due season you will be trained to 
taste it as sweeter than honey. Read it daily and 
your soul will find it such a source of nourishment 
that ycu will esteem it more than your necessary 
foodo 



Selected 



CONDITIONAL GRACE 

Imagine a millionaire philanthropist erecting an 
orphans', home at the cost of £5 million and offering 
a free home, food, clothing, and education to two 
thousand children, and suppose that this is done in 
the name of Christ and for His glory c 

It would be a worthy cause and a truly charitable 
institution although it had strict rules upon two- 
score points of order and conduct, which must be kept 
under pain of expulsion or induction into a penal 
institution. 

The church is an institution of grace notwith- 
standing its requirements of obedience to the law of 
Christ o 



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It would be worse than folly to hold two thousand 
children together without government and strict rules 
of order* 

Their obedience is not to pay one cent of the cost 
of the home or to earn their keep! the rules are only 
for their own highest good and for the honor of the 
institution*, 

Suppose a group of "children" should decide that 
to keep the rules is works, and that this is no work- 
house but a charity home, and therefore they do not 
need to obey* They soon would have to repent or be 
transferred to a penal work-house as unworthy of the 
grace that had been given thenu 

The church is such an orphans' home under the Gos- 
oelo The divine Philanthropist has erected it at in- 
finite and inconceivable cost; everything needed for 
life is as free as air to such as trust themselves to 
its care, and keep the rules of decency and order— 
the Law of Christ.. If a group should decide that be- 
cause this is a grace home, therefore they do not need 
to obey, for obedience is slavery, and begin to con- 
duct themselves disloyally and indecently, they would 
have lost their grace as salt loses its savor 3 and 
having become good for nothing, they would be cast 
out (Matthew 5:13), no matter how earnestly they would 
plead "once in grace always in graced' 

Keeping the rules of a grace .home is not earning 
one's ways to refuse obedience is to prove one's self 
unworthy of grace (Acts I3:46)'i 

If a man does not obey in repentance and correcting 
works, no matter whether he has his neighbor* s dollars, 
his horse, or his wife — he never can receive the grace 
of God or hold it (Acts 26sl9,2C)o 

--the late George R. Brunk 
From The Christian Example 



BLESSINGS 

Qhl the greatness of God ? s grace 
Providing a home for the human race, 



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The beauty of nature, He did not spare 
But placed it most everywhere* 

Though earthly wealth we may have none. 
Yet God provided for every ones 
In every land and every race. 
Beauty, the gift of God f s grace* 

Just this mprning 2 as I opened my eyes, 
A storm cloud was sweeping o'er the skies* 
In the night, it had brought refreshing rain 
Washing the earth of dusty stains*, 

And as I watched, it went its way, 
Rolling and tumbling, a mighty display* 
Lightning edged the clouds with silver laces 
Wondrous scene, the gift of Gcd r s grace* 

The sun arose in splendor light ^ 
The raindrops hung as diamonds bright* 
The air so fresh, so pure, so clean. 
All of nature just seemed to gleam* 

The birds were flitting from bush to tree, 

Busy and happy as could be, 

And as they flitted here and there 

Oh! the music that filled the air! 

My God is so great and so goods 
My very nature lie understood* 
My heart thrills, as I see His plan 
Of placing me in this land* 

He gave me eyes that I might see 
Beauties of nature, such as these* 
He gave me a heart that overflows 
For blessings provided here below* 

Oh! the joy that now is mine 

With a God so great, so divine* 

My very life was hid, in His grace 

When, on the cross, Jesus died in my place* 

--June Fountain 

Auburn, California 



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HAPPY NEW YEAR 

■ 

I do not know, I cannot see, 

What God ! s kind haind prepares for me, 

Nor can my glance pierce through the haze 

Which covers all my future ways] 

But yet I know that o'er it all 

Rules He who notes the sparrow- 1 s fall. 

I know the hand that hath me fed, 

And through the year my feet hath led] 

I know the Everlasting Arm 

That hath upheld and kept from harm. 

I trust Him as my God and Guide, 

And know that He will still provide. 

So at the opening of the year 
I banish care and doubt and. f ear , 
And, clasping His kind Hand/ essay 
To walk with God from clay to -day, 
Trusting in Him who hath me fed., , 
Walking with Him who hath me led'. 

I know not where His hand shall lead, 
Through desert wastes, o'er flowery meadj 
Mid tangled thicket set with thorn, 
Mid gloom of night or glow of morn; 
But still I know my Father's Hand 
Will bring me to His goodly land. 

Farewell, Old Year, with' goodness crowned, 
A Hand Divine hath set thy bound. 
Welcome, the . New Year, which shall bring 
Fresh blessings from my God and King, 
The old we leave without a tear, 
The new we- hail without a fear. 

— Anonymous 

Selected by Susie Sell 



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HOW DID YOU SPEND TODAY? 

Is anybody happier 

Because you passed his way? 

Does anyone remember 

That you spoke to him today? 

When the day is almost over 

And its toiling time is through, 

Does anyone remember 

A kindly word from you? 

Did you give a cheerful greeting 
To the friends who came along-- 
Or a churlish sort of "Howdy!" 
And then vanished in the throng? 
Here you selfish, short and snappy, 
As you rushed along your way? 
Or is someone really grateful 
For a deed you did today? 

■ 
Can you say tonight, in parting 
With a day that's fading fast, 
That you helped a single brother 
Of the many that you passed? 
Is a single heart rejoicing 
Over what you did or said? 
Does a man whose hopes x^ere fading 
Now have courage to look ahead? 

Did you waste the day, or use it? 

Was it well or poorly spent? 

Did you leave a trail of kindness 

Or a scar.vof discontent? 

As you close your eyes in slumber, 

Do you think that God can say 

That you've earned one more tomorrow 

By the work you did today? 

— Author unknown 
Selected by Rhonda Cable 



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HISTORICAL 

HISTORY OF THE BIBLE 

THE MINOR PROPHETS 

Twelve shorter prophecies make up, in our Bibles? 
what are called the Minor Pi~ophets* These are not any 
less important and are not of a later date* but are 
grouped together because of their shorter length* The 
first nine were written before the fall of Judah to 
Babylon; the last three were written after the Jews 
returned to their own lando Each of these is worthy 
of separate study, but our purpose here is to briefly 
write of the background or setting of each* 

Hosea is said to have had a long life and to have 
been of the tribe of Issachar* He prophesied to the 
Northern King4om, told of its fall, and supposedly 
lived to see -it fall* He was a contemporary of Amos, 
Isaiah, and Micah and possibly others, and prophesied 
in the reign of Jeroboam II <, 

The date of Joel's writing is uncertain* It was 
possibly about the time of Hosea or earlier*, He fore- 
told the captivity of Judah and included the famous 
prophecy of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit recorded 
in Acts 2o . : 

Also during the reign of Jeroboam II came the 
prophecy of AmoSo Amos was a farmer and herdsman,, 
He was of Judah (Tekoa) but prophesied mainly to 
Israelo Jeroboam's reign was one of national pros- 
perity but also- of 'idolatry and wickedness* araos 
called to repentance and warned of their fall* 

Obadiah wrote the shortest Old Testament book* It 
was against the sins of Edom whose country lay to the 
south and east of the Dead Sea* Descendants of Esau, 
they were perpetual enemies of Israel and inhabited 
the high rocky areas around their capital, Petra* The 
date of this book is unknown, but some think it was 
possibly about the time of the fall of Jerusalem (586 
BoCo)o Halley's Bible Handbook • (p, 3G1) has this to 
say about Edoms 



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"Obadiah predicted that the Edomites would be 'cut 
off forever,' and 'be as though they had not been 1 (1C, 
16,18); and that a remnant of Judah would be saved, 
and that the kingdom of Judah' s God would yet prevail 
(17, 19, 21)o 

"Within four years after Jerusalem was burned, Edom 
x^as raided and desolated (582 BoC*), by the very same 
Babylonians whom they had aided against Jerusalem*. 
Nabathaeans took over Edonu The few Edomites that 
were left were confined to a region in south Judea v 
where for four centuries they continued to exist, as 
active enemies of the Jeivs* In 126 B0C0 they were 
subdued by John Hyrcanus, one of the Uaccabean rulers, 
and were absorbed into the Jewish state* When Pales- 
tine was conquered by Romans (63 B C ), the Herods, an 
Edomite (Idumean) family, were placed in control of 
Judaho This was the last of the Edomites , With the 
destruction of Jerusalem (AcDo 7G), they disappeared 
from history Q " 

The book of Jonah is perhaps the best known of the 
Minor Prophets because of the remarkable miracle of 
the "great fish n swallowing and then delivering up 
this unwilling propheto lie have a reference to Jonah 
in II Kings 14:25, and we learn there that he also 
lived in the 41 year reign of Jeroboam II and was from 
Gath-hepher in Galilee of the tribe of Zebulon,, Jonah's 
book is a history of his visit to Nineveh, his predic- 
tion of doom against it, and the repentance of the 
Nineviteso The Assyrians whose capital was Nineveh 
were coming into power and had already begun to make 
war on Israel* Again quoting from Halley' s Bible 
Handbook (po 364): 

"As far as we know, there is no record of Nineveh's 
repentance in the Assyrian inscriptionso There are, 
however, traces that Adad-Nirari (king of Assyria pos- 
sibly during Jonah's visit) made reforms similar to 
those of Amenophis IV in Egypt And, under the reigns 
of the three kings following Adad-Nirari there was a 
let-up in Assyrian conquestSc In this period Israel 
recovered lost territory (II Kings 14:25). * <>" 



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Micah prophesied in the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and 
Hezekiah, kings of Judah* His home was More she th in 
Judah near the Philistine border* His writing con- 
cerns both Jerusalem and Samaria* He foretold both 
of their destruction and of God's future mercy upon 
them* Outstanding in Micah is the prophecy that the 
Messiah should be. born in Bethlehem which the rulers 
told Herod when the wise men" inquired about His birtho 
Micah also told of God's mercy in casting their (and 
our) sins into the depths of the sea* "He will turn 
again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue 
our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into 
the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:19) (To be continued) 

MEDITATION 
COMMUNICATION 

It Is hard to believe the advances that have been 
made in the last few hundred years* The early set- 
tlers had a small area they kept in touch with* Uhen 
friends or relatives moved to a different locality, 
as soon as they were out of signt and hearing there 
was no more contact except a small chance some trav- 
eller might bring word* 

Now there are reporters all around the world gath- 
ering news to broadcast to alio Think, also., of tele- 
phone and postal service 

If men in their very limited capacity are able to 
set up such a communication system, what an intricate 
communication the Lord must have with all creation 
through ministering spirits (angels) (Hebrews 1.14) 

--Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



Contentment with what God provides plus an ambition 
to become more and more like the Lord Jesus is God's 
goal for a Christian's life on earth, -Selected 



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BAPTISM 

We rejoiced with the angels on December 11, 1983;, 
when Jill Flora x^ras baptized at Bradford, Ohio. May 
the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ keep her 
faithful unto the eternal reward. 

—Mollis Flora 



BIRTH 

COVER - A daughter , Anna Catherine , born December 31 
to David and Rosemary Cover of Tuolumne > California. 



I\Pv" ADDRESS 



Aaron and Iva Brumbaugh 9787 Bollansburg-Sampson Rd. 

Arcanum, Ohio 45304 
(513) 947-1208 



TIME 

Too slow for those who wait; 
Too swift for those who fear; 
Too long for those who grieve; 
■Too short for those who rejoice; 
But for those who love,, 
there is eternity. 

Selected by John Sauder 



We want to take this space to thank all our sub- 
. scribers and contributors for their support of this 
little paper. Please continue to send your articles 
and poems for publication. ¥e especially thank Sister 
Dorothy Moore for her help with the typing, and Sister 

Elma Moss for supplying the mailing labels. May the 
grace and peace of God be to all those who read The 
Pilgri m and share in its support. 

— Leslie and Martha Cover 



16 CHILD REM' 3 PAGE 

\ "Lessons from Nature" Series 

STEADY DOES IT 

Tracey and Stacey are brothers*, Tracey is talk- 
ative, quicki £n d full of energy*, He often comes up 
with new ideas and starts new projects But when we 
look closely, we see he doesn't always finish what he 
starts, and that much of his energy is wastedo 

His brother Stacey is slow- going and steady <, He 
doesn't make much noise. He doesn't brag about his 
plans <, Because he is more thoughtful and patient 9 he 
has just as many friends as his brothers And his 
friends ail know they can count on him to do what he 
says he will do s and to -finish what he starts 

One day not long ago, *. -en the two young brothers 
were with their family at a rocky beach , Tracey learned 
something important The boys were admiring the hand- 
fuis of smooth pebbles they had collected at the 
water's edge* Their father explained how the slow, 
steady forces of the tides had rolled the stones back 
and forth, making them round 

u These stones were not smoothed in a day,'- he re- 
minded them* "Nature's forces are often slow« But 
because they are steady, they can move mountains, 
carve new river courses*, and create large underground 
caverns o" 

Uaybe each of us who is a ''talkative Tracey" should 
try to be more of .a "steady Stacey" instead and have 
new respect for slow and steady, stable^ persevering 
people „ 

Job 14 si 9a: "The waters wear the stones * « o" 

--Stanley K» Brubaker 

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VOL. 31 FEBRUARY, 1984 NO. 2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." /Peter 2:77 



CHRIST, THE KEI 

Christ is alive; He is the key 

To life abundant, full, and free, . ; . ., - 

Dynamic living can be mine; 

A happy life is His design. .. 

He sends convictions throuhHis word. ... ; .,. 
Listen! His voice can still be heard. 
A firm commitment to His call 
Will help us run, rise if we fall. 

Self-sacrifice to us will give 

Deep satisfaction as we live: 

A holy life we shall enjoy 

If praise and prayer our minds employ* 

Enthusiasm is a sign 

That we are filled with joy divine; 

A merry heart will do us good, 

And we will smile as Christians should. 

To be like Christ should be our goal. 
Let Him our plans, our lives control. 
If happy, satisfied we'd be, 
God is the- answer, Christ the key, 

, — Miriam J. Sauder 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor; Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd. f Tuolumne, CA 95379 



SACRIFICE 

Under the Law of Moses sacrifice was a common word. 
Many and various were the !t sacrifices and offerings" 
the people were to bring and offer — sometimes by the 
help of the priest, sometimes alone, and sometimes only 
by the priest* Under the New Testament, what is the 
meaning of sacrifice? Is there something we give that 
would compare to the animals, the unleavened cakes of 
fine flour mingled with oil, the drink offerings of the 
old law? 

Jesus said, TT I will have mercy and not sacrifice. " 
Peter writes of spiritual sacrifices. Paul says to 
present our bodies n a living sacrifices." He also men- 
tions the sacrifice of praise. By these and. many other 
expressions, we know that there are sacrifices under 
the New Covenant, but they are not the same as those 
under the law. 

A sacrifice is something offered to God, usually 
something valuable. The original meaning seems to be 
something slain rather than just something given up. 
This is in keeping with God's choosing of Abel r s offer- 
ing. It was a slain lamb, while Cain f s did not involve 
a death* Jesus died on the cross as the perfect sin 
offering or sacrifice. 

In Romans 12:1 Paul writes, "I beseech you therefore, 
brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your 
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable service •" If a sacrifice 
means something slaip, then this verse is a sort of 
paradox* How can something slain be living? But Paul 
says similar words in Galatians 2:19,20: "For I through 
the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet 
not I, but Christ liveth in me..." Our Christian ex- 
perience is simply incomplete if it does not consist of 
death to sin and new life in the Spirit, 

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love, kindness/ and the other virtues of the" Spirit. 
It is unauestionably the best life — the life of holi- 
ness God intended for His children. It begins when we 
are born of God, and we grow as we yield to Him. This 
growth is not instantaneous, not overnight like the 
sprouting of a mushroom, but more the development of a 
branch of a fig tree that eventually brings forth fruit. 
As we grow, we die to self and forsake the ways of sin 
and the shallow pleasures of the old nature. 

Now what do we think of this new life? Is it to us 
a priceless privilege or a burdensome duty. Do we see 
dying to sin and self as too great a "sacrifice" to be 
reasonable? Paul says it is a reasonable service, and 
so it is. But If it is to us a burden, we are missing 
the true value. Worse yet, if we give our children the 
impression that for us, the life in Christ is a burden, 
we can expect them to conclude the same and reject It- 
completely. 

There can be only one source for this ..attitude — the 
adversary of God. He is a liar from the beginning, and 
.has always tried to distort the picture and- warp our 
thinking. 

As long as we count the service of the Lord a burden, 
we are not mature in the'faith; we still need the law 
for a schoolmaster to teach us* Children need parents 
or someone to discipline them in the right way* At 
least, Christian parents think this- way. The thinking 
of the- world , is to let children qhoose their own way ■ 
to their own harm. But as one preacher said, "When our 
children are two, "we must insist that they not eat the 
rat poison, and when they are five, we must insist that 
they not play on the freeway! ff So if we see God's good 
way as a hard way, we don't know what, is good for us, 
and we need discipline until we grow up. v-: 

Jeremiah 23:38,39 says, "...Because ye say this, word, 
The burden of the Lord, and I have sent unto you, saying, 
Ye shall not say, The burden of the Lord- Therefore, 
behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will 
forsake you. . ." 

King David saw the blessedness of the life In the 
Lord wh-n h* sald^ "Bless the Lord, my soul — 3 *- '■ 1 



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that is within me bless his holy name* Bless the Lord, 
my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiv- 
eth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth 
thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; "Who satis- 
fieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is 
is renewed like the eagle* s," (Psalm 103:1-5) 

Sacrifice? Yes, we must die to self and sin. But 
from God we receive the abundant life in the Spirit — 
love, joy, peace, and the rest* He gives us "beauty 
for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of 
praise for the spirit of heaviness •" The Christian 
life is not a sacrifice in the sense of giving up any- 
thing worthwhile. 

Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light," 
And the. poet D. S. Warner echoes His words: 

His yoke is easy, His burden is light, 

I've found it so, I f ve found it so; 

His service is my sweetest delight, 

His blessings ever flow, — L.C. 



; ' - .. MEDITATION r . , 
THE CALL 

When Adajn and Eve sinned and hid themselves, -God 
did not abandon them, but called them and told them 
what the consequences would be. He sent John the 
Baptist to call His chosen; nation to re-pent and re- 
turn to Him, Then when Jostis came, the common people 
heard Him gladly, but the ruling class rejected His 
call because of self^righteousness and pride. 

The account of Naaman the Syrian shows the reaction 
of a vain, proud leader on being told to do some simple 
act of obedience. 

What is our reaction to the call concerning baptism 
today? The message delivered to Paul by Ananias was, 
"And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, 
and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the 
Lord." (Acts 22:16) —Ernest Wa^n^r 



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THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Many times I have been stirred to write on this 
subject, feeling its deep importance, knowing by 
Scripture that if any man have not the Spirit of 
Christ, he is none of hiSo (Romans .8:9) 

My heart goes out in love and tenderness for my 
family and for all fellow Christians, that we all may 
be faithful to. our calling that is in Christ Jesus 
our Lord; and for you, dear one, who have not made 
your peace with God through our Lord^ Jesus Christ „ 
The day of grace is fast coming to £ close. Eternal 
life can be ours; we have everything to gain and noth- 
ing worthwhile to lose. This old world, with all its 
allurements, is going to pass away. How foolish to 
place so much affection and attention on the temporal 
and neglect the things that are eternal! And knowing 
that Satan is a master deceiver, the father of lies, 
and knowing that he has but^a short time, the warning 
comes: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary 
the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking 
whom he may devour,," (I Peter 5:8) "And no marvel;, 
for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of 
light." (II Cor. 11:14) 

But, praise the Lord, Jesus has come, lived, and 
taught and lived the example, laid .down His life, and 
shed Kis precious blood; was ".burled, rose again the 
third day, and is now at the right 'hand of God, inter- 
ceding on our behalf. And then on the day of Pente- 
cost, the Holy Ghost came with power and is. now' in. 
the world in the heart of every born-again believer. 
But what we all need to ask ourselves is this:", 
"How much do 1 allow the Holy Spirit to direct my 
thoughts, my tongue, my life?" I will freely admit I 
come : very short. And we know that Satan will drive 
the wedge of sin and disobedience deeper and deeper at 
every chance he has. Oh, how we. should abhor that 
which is evil and cleave to that which is good! Oh, 
how we need to allow the Spirit to have free course in 
our lives! Paul wrote, "Quench not the Spirit." (I 



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Thess. 5:19) Jesus said, M God is a Spirit: and they 
that worship him must worship him in spirit and in 
truth*" (John 4:24) Jesus specifies both spirit and 
trutho It seems if we had the truth we would have 
the spirit; but I believe we can understand a lot of 
truth but fail in yielding to the guidance of the 
Holy Spirit* The Spirit will convict us of sin, give 
us direction, prompt us, and produce action with 
power* The Spirit gives us joy, peace, assurance, 
and confidence* "For God hath not given us the spirit 
of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound 
mind*" (II Timothy 1:7) 

Before Jesus ascended back to the Father He spoke 
unto them saying, "All power is given unto me in 
heaven and in earth* Go ye therefore, and teach all 
nations, baptizing them» « *" (Matt* 28:18,19) 

Jesus was telling the disciples, "I have power, 
and I will give you power*" And what a record of 
power is recorded of the apostles and early church! 

"And Stephen, full of faith and power , did great 
wonders and miracles among the people*" (Acts 6:8) 
"Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join 
thyself to this chariot*" (Acts 8:29) "While Peter 
thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Be- 
hold, three/men seek thee*" ("Acts 10:19) ". * „ Paul 
was pressed in the spirit , and testified to the Jews 
that Jesus was Christ V" (Acts 18:5) "For the kingdom 
of God is not in word, but in power P " (I Cor* 4:20) 
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: 
for my strength is made perfect in weakness Most 
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, 
that the power of Christ may rest upon me*" (II Cor e 
12:9) "And what is the exceeding greatness of his 
power to us-ward who believe, according to the work- 
ing of his mighty power „" <Epli* 1:19) ''Now unto him 
that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all 
that we ask or think, according to the pow£r that 
worketh in us." (Eph. 3:20) "Strengthened with all 
might, .according to his glorious power , unto all pa- 
tience and longsuffering with joy£ulness«" (Colo 1:11) 



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"Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God 
would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil 
all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work 
of faith with power ," (II Thess. 1:11) 

Concerning spiritual gifts: "But the manifesta- 
tion of the Spirit is given to every man to profit 
.withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word 
of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the 
same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit 5 to 
another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To 
another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; 
to another discerning of spirits; to another divers 
kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of 
tongues: But all these worketh that one and the self- 
same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he 
will." (I Cor.. 12:7-11) "But the fruit of the Spirit 
is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, good- 
ness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there 
is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified 
the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live 
in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." '('Gal. 
5:22-25) 

To be spiritually minded we must draw nigh -t-'d'-'God, 
and He will draw nigh to us. If we fill our minds 
with the cares of life, with the entertainments and 
pleasures, with all the lusts of the flesh and of the 
eyes and the pride of life, the Bible says it*s not 
of the Father, but is of the world and is going to 
pass away with the world, (I John 2:16,17) If we 
fail to trust and pray, can we be spiritual? If we 
let bitterness enter our hearts, we will be' defiled. 
(Heb. 12:15) If love isn't in our hearts, we don't 
know God, for God, is love. (I John 4:8) If we for- 
give not men their trespasses, neither will the Father 
forgive our trespasses. (Matt. 6:15) 

Beloved, we are on a narrow way* But is the way 
hard? It's only hard to the one who wants to be a 
friend to the world and the Lord at the same time. 
James said, "* c . Whosoever therefore will be a 
friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4s&) 



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If we have tasted that the Lord is -gracious* will it 
not cause us to be merciful and kindy -realizing how 
much He forgives us and how longsuf f ering He is to- 
ward US e "1= .,.*--/- 

, Jesus said, "* • * Ask, and ye shall receive, that 
your joy may be full*" (John 16:24) Our 1 failure to 
trust and ask must b& disappointing to the rLord, for 
how would we feel if we had a child and he didn'-t 
trust in us or wouldn't ask anything of us* * :. 

Jesus said, "a * » Have faith in God* For verily 
I say unto you, That whosoever shall- say unto this 
mountain, Be thbu removed, and be thou cast inco the 
seaj and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall be- 
lieve that those things which he saith shall come to 
pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith* Therefore I 
say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye 
pray, beliieve that ye receive them, and , ye shall have 
them*" (Mark 11:22-24) "* * . If thoUcanst believe, 
all things are possible to him that believethe" (Mark 
9:23) 

After hearing such Scriptures, can't we all say, 
"Lord, increase our faith* " 

Could it be we 1 re afraid to completely yield our 
wills to His? Maybe we are more or less afraid His 
direction would lead us in paths that would be con- 
trary to this flesh or the path we want to walk* 

Beloved, I believe the Holy Spirit (or Christ 
within) is the only answer to a fulfilled Christian 
life, a life that has sweet communion with our Lord; 
and that has a joy that is full, by asking in faith 
believing; a peace that comas from trusting* 

We don't have to worry and fret and get all upset 
if our hand is in the hand of the One Who stilled the 
water and calmed the sea* 

One of the grandest verses in the Holy Writ is 
found in Eph* 5:18: "* * * Be filled with the Spirit*" 
Without the Spirit, we have nothing but a dead reli- 
gion* Let's not deny the power and merely walk by a 
form* Let's not limit the Holy One of Israel* 

But may we all be filled with the Spirit and say, 



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"Not my will but Thine be done*" 



In Christian love, 
Kenneth Garber \ 
Ripon, California 



: BELONGING 

We all like to "belong" somewhere* Even the most 
rebellious non-conformist wants companions that he 
can "belong" with* One of the greatest blessings in 
life is "belonging" to the Church of Jesus Christo 

There is such a blessing in association with our 
brethren and sisters in the Lord.*, In the encourage- 
ment we get from, knowing there are others who share 
the same love and faith. In Worshipping together* 
In singing together In working together for common 
goals e , , 

"Belonging" is more than just having been baptized* 
or having one 1 s name on the Church roll, or even just 
being at Church services* "Belonging" is, an active 
responsibility. — being truly a- par;t of what. /goes. on 5 ' 

There is a blessing in arriyi.ng,at Church early 
enough to greet brethren and sisters before services* 
There is a joyous blessing in sitting up far enough 
to be among the members and feeling the love flow 
from member to member* It makes the singing of the 
hymns so much more meaningful and worship so much more 
natural* Furthermbre, it helps one keep his attention 
on the message and" to be alert* \ 

When there are those who consistently come late 
or consistently sit by themselves behind everyone 
else, it is often a -danger signal--a sign that per- 
haps all is not well spiritually « It sometimes indi- 
cates individualism and an unwillingness to be a part 
of the group of believers* 

Somewhere I read this: "The primary reason that 
we attend church is to worship our Heavenly Father* 
But we also go to church to be a part of a group, a 
a fellowship of like human beings who are close to us 



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in our times of trial and triumph as well," ..._.,. 

Let f s seek the blessings that come from belonging 
in a true sense and be active in doing our part to 
help others find these same blessings. 

Praise God that we can enjoy such blessings and 
encouragement I 

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves to- 
gether , as the manner of some is; but exhorting one 
another: and so much the more, as ye see the day 
approaching." (Hebrews 10; 25) 

Rejoicing in "belonging" 
Linda Frick 
Arcanum, Ohio 



A SOFT ATTITUDE TOWARD SIN — 
THE BLIGHT OF CHRISTIANITY 

There is a malady in the world today that is draw- 
ing society steadily and relentlessly into the mire 
of total degeneration.. That malady is the general 
softening of attitudes toward sin. Especially within 
the last century, practices and life styles have be- 
come acceptable— even respectable— that would have 
horrified those of generations past* 

A breakdown in moral ethics and integrity has made 
it acceptable to discard the sex distinction main- 
tained in the pasto The perversions described in 
Romans 1 have long been considered unnatural and im- 
moral; today many sociologists label them as accept- 
able alternatives .to the relationship between husband 
and wifeo 

In colonial times, profanity heard in public was 
enough to merit a term in the stocks; today it is 
common for a transcript of a president's conversation 
with his aides to abound with "expletives deleted". 
Divorce used to be avoided at all costs If possible; 
for many it is now the accepted remedy for "incompat- 
ibility"* We could go on and on, but the examples 
given should be sufficient to establish the point. 



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Such a trend is bad enough when the world follows 
ito But the lamentable truth is, the trends of the 
world have a powerful effect upon the trends in pro- 
fessing Christendoms The softening of the world's i 
attitude toward sin has resulted in a widespread 
softening of many church members' attitude toward sin* 
And the softening of one's attitude toward sin invar- 
iably leads to frequent falling into sin* 

This softening trend shows up in many ways* Mem- 
bers who violate church standards have always been a 
problem, but today there seems to be more boldness 
and less shame in so doingo There seems to be a tol- 
erant attitude toward sins of a common nature, such > 
as gossip, overeating, and exceeding the speed limit* 
There is less solid, durable- conviction that daily 
Bible reading and prayer are absolute essentials for 
Christian growth and victory* There is more li'gh£> 
heartedness, practical joking, reading of -questicmable 
literature--and again, we could go on and- on* * Sin * 
does not seem "exceeding sinful" any more 

Ecclesiastes 8;il gives a sound explanation for the 
softening of attitudes toward sin: "Because sentence 
against an evil work is not executed speedily, there- 
fore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in - *^ 
them to do evil*" The world has discovered that there 
is no immediate vengeance for the violation of long-; 
established principles of order and justice* Blas- 
phemers do not usually drop dead, and atheistic busi- 
nessmen are just as prosperous as Christian business- 
men* Church members adopt the same thinking patterns? 
they suffer no noticeable consequences for gliding 
past a stop sign, nor are they called to account ; for 
omitting their morning devotions or for holding a 
grudge against a brother* The feeling in general is, 
"It's not so bad if you don't get caught*" 

But the fact is, there are serious consequences for 
a soft attitude toward sin! Such an attitude is de- 
ceptive. A person drifts away from God so gradually 
that he can hardly tell from one day to the next that 
he has indeed apostatizedo Let us consider some of 



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the results that follow* 

1 Communion with God is marred . This is usually 
the first symptom of trouble,, A Christian who has 
been living close to God and who has been experiencing 
victory over sin gradually becomes aware that God 
seems more distant and that he is losing his spiritual 
strength* The critical point now is how he responds 
to that awareness* Too many professing Christians 
simply ignore it, preferring to go on in their estab- 
lished, comfortable routine* Others "rededicate their 
lives to Christ" and spend more time in Bible reading, 
prayer, and Christian service* But the really per- 
ceptive ones take this awareness as a sign that some- 
where sin has gained a foothold in their lives* They 
carefully examine themselves by the light of the Word 
with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and they seek 
the counsel of Christian brethren if necessary* When 
they find the sin, they immediately confess it, throw 
it : out, and establish safeguards against it for the 
future* Only then are they ready to renew their ded- 
ication to the Lord* 

?'■• Ove rcomin g power is lost * We have already al- 
luded to this result* The likening of sin to cancer 
is a true comparison, for sin is a crippling disease 
that always results in spiritual death if it continues 
to grow unchecked* Do you lack power in your life? 
Sin has found lodging within you! 

3* Christian testimony is weakened * This result 
is to be expected \if the world knows about the sin* 
But even if sin is kept hidden, testifying becomes 
awkward* Besides, sin is an effective quencher of 
zeal for souls* 

^° Gospel message is diluted * If a professing 
Christian takes part in spreading the Gospel through 
preaching, teaching, or writing, his message will be 
greatly .weakened if he does not have a proper view of 
sin* He will spend more time urging his listeners or 
readers to "draw nigh to God" than to "cleanse your 
hands, ye sinners * ,f As a result, his audience will 
adopt a similar soft attitude toward sin, fellow 



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Christian speakers and writers, let us be clear on 
this point! Let us ever urge our listeners and read- 
ers to "purge out * e • the old leaven" before we in- 
struct them on how to "be a new lump"o Trying to re- 
vitalize one's Christian experience without purging 
out sin is like trying to treat appendicitis without 
removing the infected appendix* It is like a sinner 
who wants to receive Christ without confessing his 
sins! 

And let us remember that we are striving not only 
against sin but also against the originator of all 
sin and evil — the devil himself* This awareness will 
make our warfare more realistic* Evil is not: a mere 
impersonal force like .the force of gravity-**it is the 
work of a personal devil who is determined to damn our 
souls if he possibly can* 

What will be our response to these r things? Will,, 
we put up a halfhearted resistance against sinJ and 
Satan as so many thousands are doing today? (Dr will 
we abhor sin for the loathsome, deadly 1 disease -that-.; 
it is? We must do this! And then we must cleanse out 
every sin in our own lives and proclaim repentance 
from sin ever and always as the first step in--' restor- 
ing fellowship with, God* Only genuine repentance 
first and full surrender afterward will result in 
life, peace, and victory* Any substitute leads to , 
turmoil, defeat, and sure death* 

By Marvin Eicher 

Selected by Albert and Carol Ernst 
from The Christian Contender 



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HISTORICAL 

HISTORY OF THE BIBLE 

MINOR PROPHETS 
('""Continued") 

The Book of Nahum is another prophecy (besides 
Jonah) against Ninevelu, This time it is a message of 
doom* It was wrifetent. possibly about 630 B«C« after 
Assyria (Nine\*eh) had taken the ten tribes of Israel 
captive but before Judah fell <> The name Nahum means 
"comforter" and is part* of the name Capernaum (village 
of Nahum) « j j -.. , . 

From Halley's Bible Handbook on Nineveh: "• • « At 
the time of Nahum' s prophecy, Nineveh was queen city 
of the earth, mighty and brutal beyond imagination, 
head of a warrior state built on, the loot of nations*, 
Limitless wealth from the ends of ;the earth poured 
into its cofferso Nahum likens it to a den- -of. rav- 
aging lions, feeding on the blood of nations*.' 1 . (2:11- 
13) " •■ . ; :..- .:;;"., ,;:: . 

Habakkuk prophesied seme time around 607 B,G* when 
the Babylonians, were marching toward Judah* This, 
prophecy is in the form of a dialogue between the 
prophet and God, and God tells him of the destruction 
coming upon the nation at the hand of the Chaldeans 
Outstanding is the declaration in 2:4 and taken up. by 
Paul centuries later that "„ . o the just shall live 
by his faitho" 

Zephaniah is another severe indictment of Judah 
for her sins and a prophecy of her destruction.. It 
was written M in the days of Josiah" who reigned from 
639 to 608 BoCo after the long, wicked reign of 
Manas setu Though the prophet wrote of the doom of 
the nation (and it shortly came about), he also told 
of gathering the tribes again from captivity „ 

From Matthew Henry' s Co mmentary we have the fol- 
lowing summary regarding Haggai and Zechariah: 

"The captivity in Babylon gave a very remarkable 
turn to the affairs of the Jewish church both in his- 
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lived and preached before that captivity© But the 
last three lived and preached after the return out of 
captivity. Haggai and Zechariah appeared eighteen 
years after the ; return, when the building of the tem- 
ple was both retarded by its enemies and neglected by 
its friends* f Then the prophets, Jiaggai the prophet, 
and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the 
Jews that were in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of 
the God of Israel, even unto them. 1 (Ezra 5:1), to en- 
courage them to revive that good work when it had 
stood still for some time* Haggai began two months 
before Zechariah. But Zechariah continued longer at 
the work; for all Haggai's prophecies that are re- 
corded were delivered within four months, in the sec- 
ond . iear of Darius, But we have Zechariah's proph- 
ecies dated above two years after (Zechariah 7:1 ) * 
The Jews ascribe to these two prophets the honour of 
being members of the great synagogue, which was formed 
after the return out of captivity; we • think it more 
certain, and a much greater honour, that they projph- 
esiec of Christ* Haggai spoke of: him as the ' glory of 
the Letter house 1 , and Zecharriah as Vthe man, the 
branch » In them the light of that morning star ^shone 
more Irightly as they now began to see. his day- ap.- 
proacUng* « . Ir - - . . ■ 

Th* last prophet Malachi gave his message perhaps 
100 rears after Haggai and Zecjiariah* The exact date' 
is unknown, but it was possibly; 450-400 B e C« Malachi: 
means "my angel n or n my messenger 11 ,, He was truly one 
of God 1 s messengers, delivering his warnings and sub- 
lime prophetic promises during a time when neglect and 
indifference were Israel's sins« The captivity seemed 
to cure their idolatry, but in Malachi's time they had 
gone to another extreme where they nearly lost-. their;; 
religion. 

This prophecy closes the Old Testament with a final 
word of the coming of the Lord and a last threat of a 
curse on the earth if there would be no means of de- 
liverance* Following this prophecy, it was 400 years 
before the next prophet (John the Baptist) came pro- 
claim iin° .~he coming of the Lord Jesus* --L«C« 



16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

REFLECTIONS 

A mirror is a wonderful thing* Thousands of lives 
are saved every day by the little "rear view mirrors 11 
in cars and trucks. Many microscopes and telescopes 
operate by the use of mirrors. Your doctor, dentist, 
and eye doctor all use mirrors in their daily work. 
Tiny mirrors, huge mirrors, flat mirrors, curved 
mirrors--they all fill a need today. 

There are probably few people who have never seen 
the reflection of their face in a looking glass, or a 
shiny piece of metal, or a surface of still water. 
And without those reflections, few of us would even 
know what we look like. 

But a mirror does not always befriend us. A mirror 
only helps make a proud person more proud and a dis- 
contented person less contented. And it is of no 
value at all in reflecting the part of us that really 
co^r/cs— our inward attitudes. Those attitudes are 
better reflected by other means. 

The words we speak are shining reflectors of our 
attitudes and our most secret thoughts. The songs we 
sing, the books we read, the company we keep, and the 
things we do are also bright shining ref lee tors-- show- 
ing what we really are. 

May each one of us try to be clear and shining, 
bright and polished — a reflector of all those things 
that are purest and best. — Stanley K. Brubaker 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the sbulr" i Peter 2. n 



WHAT NEED I, LORD? \ ' .".;.'. 

Jesus, .precipus Saviour, , ; , : » ■ ■' 

What have I, Lord, but Thee? ' - , 

For kingdoms crumble like the sand, • r* ,: 

And wash, away to sea # .: ■ ^ i 

And great men come like springtime, 

With their deeds of seeming" worth, * 

But e T er eternal winters 1 

Find them buried-^ In the earth. ; ■-..-. .:; 

And .dreams and schemes .and other themes - ■ 
Vanishes they start, r> - -■ 

Like -water through my fingers : , ; : ■ 
And they .cannot change my heart.. -i 

No, there's. nothing in this changing world 

That means a thing to me 

But Thou, precious Saviour; 

What need. I, Lord, but Thee? 

— Michelle. Richard ■•; 
. ..... Selected from The Christian Example 






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WEIGHED IN THE BALANCES, 
AND FOUND WANTING 

Belshazzar, king of mighty Babylon, received this 
message when "the fingers of a man's hand 11 wrote 
strange words on the wall of his banquet hallo He 
lived in conditions of splendor and customs vastly 
different from ours in a country thousands of miles 
away and centuries agOo What, then, have we to do 
with the message so strangely delivered to King 
Belshazzar? I believe this message--the heart of it — 
is as timely as the daily news and as much needed--no! 
more so-- than the warnings of the nuclear holocaustSo 

The banquet hall was full. A thousand of the lords 
of Babylon were being entertained by the king, these 
besides the army of servants attending the desires of 
the revellers., Perhaps their greatest folly was their 
carelessness* They thought ' they were secure, though 
the armies of the -Medes and Persians were at that mo- 
ment planning their way into the city walls — diverting 
the Euphrates River to allow entrance where it flowed 
under the wall and through the city* Perhaps an even 
greater folly was presuming to use for their drinking 
the consecrated vessels of gold stolen from the temple 
of God in Jerusalem^ These were both fatal mistakes, 
but to make the situation worse, they knew better , or 
at least the king did. 

Daniel, summoned hastily to interpret the strange 
words, reminded Belshazzar of the humbling experience 
of Nebuchadnezzar, his father (or grandfather) . It 
was well known that Nebuchadnezzar was publicly shamed 
by God for his pride and boasting* Daniel recounted 
the incident and then told the king, "And thou his 
son, Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, 
though thou knewest all this g But hast lifted up thy- 
self against the Lord of heaven« «, „" (Daniel 5:22,23) 






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It is one thing to be in error ignorant ly* It Is 
quite a different thing to knowingly decide and act 
against God, Belshazzar was responsible and was 
judged,. accordingly <. The whole message of his doom was 
in three parts: "MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, 
and finished it TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the bal- 
ances, and art found wanting* PERES; Thy kingdom is 
divided, and given to the Medes and Persians., 11 That 
night his life was taken, the kingdom of Babylon,..fe !1> 
and Darius the Median took over as the first ruler of 
the Persian Empire** 

How then does this far-away and long-ago, incident 
relate to us? God and His principles do jnpt change* 
Cultures and customs on the earth change as; time 
marches on* But basic principles of conduct and; re- 
sponsibility remain the same* Apparently God judged 
Belshazzar not so much for the customs he ha4 inher- 
ited—the riches, the position, the servants, and t 
; wives--but for the pride of his heart and his ignoring 
and insulting God against his better knowledge o ... 

This same principle applies in our country*, in cuir 
time* God holds us responsible for what, we know> Who 
can plead ignorance in our land so freely sown with 
the Word of Cod? Probably most homes have the Bible 
or have heard of it as something of great value— some- 
thing good for uso How can our country, and we per- 
sonally, escape judgment if we do. not respond with 
honest searching to know the truth? Very likely, many 
professing people are not what they should be, but 
does that excuse someone else in any way? 

I think we are like Belshazzar and his people* Our 
fathers and grandfathers had experiences that should 
help us to humility before Godo How many people we 
meet that say, "My grandfather (or grandmother) used 
to make a strong Christian profession^" This places 
responsibility to search and see for ourselves what 
values these ancestors knew and what our values should 

be- 
No, we are far more responsible than Belshazzaro 
He was judged for neglecting the testimony of his 



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grandfather. But Jesus, the Son of God, had not yet 
comeo The Holy Spirit was not yet sent. The atone- 
ment for sin had not been made* He did not have the 
testimony of Christians around him. The promises of 
the Gospel were unknown to him. As Paul writes in 
Hebrews 2:3, "How shall we escape, if we neglect so 
great salvation. . ." 

Belshazzar lost an earthly kingdom and his mortal 
life. Beyond that we do not know. But God's Word 
warns us of the loss of eternal life if we are not 
born into His kingdom. In Matthew 10:28 Jesus says, 
"And fear not them which kill the body, but ate not 
able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is, 
able to destroy both soul and body in hell." 

Perhaps Christian people are becoming lax in sound- 
ing the warning of hell ahead for those who forget 
God. Most sermons emphasize the positive and the 
hopes and promises, and this is not bad. But as sure- 
ly as there is a heaven to gain, there is a hell to 
shun. There is judgment to come. God will divide the 
sheep from the goats. The books will be opened. 

May we not come to that great white throne, be 
weighed in the balances, and found wanting.. God has 
provided the way in Jesus Christ to escape condemna- 
tion, and be found right in His sighto This is through 
faith in Jesus' atonement, repentance for sin, and 
baptism and new birth into the Kingdom of Light. 

We cannot plead ignorance. We dare not ignore the 
God Who calls us. , Paul's great hope can be ours: 
"... That I may win Christ, And be found in him, not 
having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, 
but that which is through the faith of Christ, the 
righteousness which is of God by faith." (Philippians 
3:8,9) "There is therefore now no condemnation to 
them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the 
flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:1) — L.C. 



A soul at peace with God and itself $ a soul that 
delights in making other people happy,, can sleep sweet- 
ly, like the old-time patriarch, with a stone for a 
HI low. - " " x -^ 



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THE KINGDOM 

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his right- 
eousness^ and all these things shall be added unto ; 
you,," (Matthew 5:33) 

What are we to. seek? In Luke 4:43 Jesus said unto 
themy "I must preach the kingdom of God to other 
cities also: for therefore am I sent," And then he 
preached in the synagogues of Galilee,, God's Word 
reveals different aspects of His kingdom* 

There are many parables in the Bible revealing His 
kingdonio The kingdom of grace is distinct from the, 
kingdoms of the world, which we can see through Jesus' 
parables* God's kingdom today is the spiritual com-, 
monwealth of His children© , ^,. ."* 

Jesus is the One Who sows the' choice seed in the 
worldo The good seed represents the children, of the,* 
kingdom of God, and the weeds represent the ; -child T ren, 
of the kingdom of Satan* In the end of this world the 
angels will be reapers of the harvest, separating the 
wheat and tares* Then the godly shall shine as the; 
sun in their Father's kingdom, the eternal kingdom* V 

The kingdom of God's grace came to reign in the ' 
hearts of men, and through their hearts, control and 
transform their lives • The human heart its the realm 
in which Jesus came to reign* He wants us to. love 
Him so that we can be changed into His own image, 
that we may be made fit for the eternal kingdom, in 
companionship with our Creator, God* . 

Jesus told the Pharisees the kingdom wouldn't come 
with observation that people could say, "It is here or 
it is there, but the kingdom of God is within you*" 
It is in our hearts where Jesus came to reign if we 
accept Him as our Lord and King* r ! : 

Romans 14:17- tells us "the kingdom of God is not 
meat and drink} but righteousriess, and peace, and joy 
in the Holy Ghost*" That is "pardon for sin and hol- 
iness of the heart and life* It is peace in the soul 
regulating, ruling, and harmonizing the heart through 
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where Jesus came to reign 

Jesus said* "My kingdom is not of this worlds if it 
were of this world my servants would fight," and He 
would have been kept from being crucified* But He 
didn't come into the world to bring a political king- 
dom but a spiritual kingdom in men's hearts where 
Jesus can reign* Jesus told Pilate, "I am a Kingo" 
Believers are His subjects, citizens of His kingdom 
while living here in the world, looking in hope for 
the eternal kingdom, which in reality has started here 
with Christ's followers because Jesus has said that if 
we believe in Him we shall never die« We know our 
earthly bodies will die, but we can be alive spirit- 
ually and never die but live on in the kingdom Christ 
has prepared for all those that love Him* Christ said 
to not fear what men can do to our bodies but to fear 
Him Who can destroy both soul and body*, The apostles 
boldly preached the gospel Jesus taught them and lost 
their earthly lives for preaching it Q 

In Luke 9:27 Jesus told His disciples, ", * There 
be some standing here, which, shall not taste death, 
till they see the kingdom of Godo" The apostles saw 
the kingdom of God come with power before they tasted 
deatho The kingdom came in power on the day of 
Pentecosto 

I Corinthians 4:20s "For the kingdom of God is not 
in word, but in power " It is the mighty energy of 
the Holy Spirit enlightening, converting and sanctify- 
ing believerSo 

Mark 1:15: After John was put in prison Jesus' 
words are, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of 
L Qod is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospelo" 

In Luke 10 Jesus chose seventy other disciples 
whom He sent out to preach to the people and tell 
them, "The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you*" If 
the people where these were sent to preach did not 
receive the message, the disciples were to shake the 
dust of that city off them* 

Luke 11 gives the account of Jesus cssting out 
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the devils through Beelzebub, the spirit of devils* 
Jesus' answer to the Pharisees was, "If I by the fin- 
ger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of 
God is come upon you*" If we deny that the kingdom 
of God came upon them, are we acknowledging * that Jesus 
did cast out devils by the spirit of Satan? this is 
a serious thought . : "• *-! : ' •*';.' 

After Jesus was crucified and resurrected and re- 
turned to heaven to be at God's right hand to inter- 
cede for all mankind, for us, the apostles acknowl- 
edged believers were in the kingdom*. 

Paul, writing to the faithful of Colosse, exhorts 
in spiritual living and then says that believers are 
delivered from the power of darkness and are trans- 
lated into the kingdom of God's dear Son, in Whom we 
have redemption through His blood, even the forgive- 
ness of sins., 

Hebrews 12:28: "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom 

which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we 

may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly 

fear*" . r . , 

_„.', --Mary Lavy ' ■'•■ •• " ^ 

Camden, Indiana 



MEDITATION: OUR NATUML BODY 



Our natural bodies are created to serve us a lim- 
ited number of years* In the ninetieth Psalm ft "gives 
seventy to eighty years as the allotted time*" -. 
We see the proof of this all about usV 
Any part can fail at any time, physical or mental. 
As long as the body functions properly it renews it- 
self through the amazing power of converting breath, 
food, and water to sustain itself $ but only for a few 
years for us to prepare for the change to a better 
life through Christ* 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



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ACTS 

Adoration, Confession; Thanksgiving, Supplication. 
These should be our ACTS of coming in prayer before 
the Lord. 

I was challenged by a message some time ago from 
John Khie sly on this subject. My quiet, prayer time 
in the morning has been changed because of it* 

I've' habitually begun my prayers with thanksgiving. 
I had never before considered the difference between 
adoration and thanksgiving,": The dictionary defines 
adoration as ,! a worshiping or paying homage , ,r or 
rr great love- or devotion. " In meditation, I thought 
of adoration as loving and worshiping God for what 
He is, and thanksgiving as praising Him for what He 
does* 

How I adore Him as I think of His greatness, 
majesty, and power. He is so high and Jholy, yet 
stoops to notice and love me. He created the uni- 
verse, our marvelous world.., and He created me.- He. 
gives me life and the capacity to enjoy it. He loves 
me, for He is love. How I adore Him I 

I confess that I deserve none of His love and none 
of the gifts He showers on me. I am weak, but He is 
strong* I am prone to fail, but He forgives. I am 
helpless, but He has all power. I am poor, but He is 
rich in grace. I confess my nothingness and His all- 
sufficiency. 

I thank God for His love in saving my soul, for 
giving His own Son to redeem me from the death I de- 
served. I thank Him for the beauties He has created, 
and for eyes to see them. I thank Him for ears to 
hear, and a voice to' sing. I thank Him for a normal, 
healthy body and mind, so that I can enjoy life. I 
thank Him for freedom, for work to do and the ability 
to do it. The list of blessings is endless. How I 
thank Him I 

In supplication I come before the Lord. I plead 
for and find His mercy and pardon. I bring Him my 
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to Him my loved ones, who need Him so much. I plead 
for Him to be merciful to the wayward and sinners, to 
heal the sick, to comfort the sorrowing, to sustain 
the weak, to deliver the tempest-tossed, to give grace 
to those In trial and distress. How blest to know 
that He can do what I can T t for each one that I men- 
tion to Him. I plead and know that God will hear. 

ACTS 

A Adore the mighty God. 
The King of Kings is He, 
The earth is in His hands; 
He formed it, and the sea.. 
Ohl let us worship and bow down; 
Our Maker, Keeper, Lord, we crown. 

C Confess our nothingness, 
How weak and prone to sin. 

Acknowledge transgressions, 

Iniquity within, 

A broken heart for sacrifice, 

A contrite heart God won't despise. 

T Thanksgiving we should raise 
For all His gifts of love, 
For bounties rich and free 
We're undeserving of. 
Our daily needs are well supplied. 
He loves us and to save us, died. 

S In Supplication come 
And humbly beg His grace. 
Seek for His righteousness; 
Fall down before His face. 
His mercy and His help implore, 
And seek His presence evermore. 

— Miriam J. Sauder 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 



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■••.. BLESSED/ASSURANCE 

God's presence goes before you 

Into each new day; 
His love "waits there to bless you, 

To light and show the way. 

Tomorrow has no shadow 

Strong enough to stand 
Before His radiant sunlight 

Or His supreme command. 

Girded in His armor 

You are victor from the start, 

And you can face the future 

With contentment in your heart. 

Author unknown 

Selected by Susan R, Goning 

COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Spring Love feast, the 
Lord willing, at Salida on May 5 and 6. We sincerely 
welcome all to come and be with us at this time of 
communion and revival. 

K — Joseph L. Cover 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

Kenneth Garber 21850 Confidence Rd. 

Twain Harte, Calif. 95383 
(209) 928-4516 

Linda L. Frick 7208 Gettysburg-Webster Rd, 
Bradford, Ohio 45308 
(513) 447-2115 



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OBITUARY 

IRENE MAY BOWMAN, daughter of Samuel and Anna May 
Bowman, was born at Lordsburg, California on November 
26, 1910a In the spring of 1917, the family moved to 
the Ripon and Modesto areas, where Irene spent the 
remainder of her life,. 

She passed away at the Driftwood Convalescent 
Hospital, Modesto, California, on February 11, 1984, 
at the age of 73 years, 2 months, and 16 days* 

She was preceded in death by her father, her moth- 
er, and three brothers: James, Herman, and one who 
died in infancy* 

She is survived by two sisterss Ruth Crawmer of 
Long Barn, California, and Mary Ellen Royer of Goshen, 
Indiana; also eight nephews, four nieces, and many 
other relatives and friendso 

She will be missed by her many friends in the 
Paradise neighborhood, where she had lived for forty 
years, as well as by all others who knew her as a 
kind and generous person 

Funeral services were held at Salas Brothers 
Chapel in Modesto on February 16, 1984 by Leslie and 
Joseph Cover, Hymns 443 and 458 were used at the 
chapel and M The Love of God n and hymn 108 were sung 
while the grave was being filled* Lloyd Wagner con- 
ducted the committalo 

Thus we have again been reminded of the importance 
of numbering our days that we might apply our hearts 
unto wisdomo 

The Family 



He writes in characters too grand , 
For our short sight to understand. 
We catch but broken strokes 
And try to fathom all the mystery 
Of withered hopes, of death, of life, 
The endless war, the useless strife. 
But there, with larger, clearer sight , 
We- shall see this — His way was right I 
— Selected 



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.,;, .' V HISTORICAL 

HISTORY OF THE BIBLE 
THE OLD TESTAMENT "CANON 1 ?. 'Z< 

The word "canon" originally ; meant "cane" or -"measur- 
ing rod J 1 It speaks of a standard or of something ap- 
proved and accepted. The Old Testament Canon is those 
books accepted as G6d T s Word in the time before Jesus 
came to earth.- , .. 

How were these Old Testament books "approved"? We 
have no record of a council or group of men that met.' 
to decide which ones were to be included as God's Word, 
The Jewish Council of Jamnia in A.D.*- 90 discussed cer- 
tain books, but , according to Josephus, these had been 
accepted already, . However ^ there are good evidences 
to confirm that what we use and regard as God's Word, 
in the. time before Christ came, is actually true and 
genuine. - 

One of the strong proofs to me is concerning the 
Septuagint. We give here two quotations from Halley T s 
Bible Handbook (pp.' 409 and 405): 

"THE SEPTUAGINT. This was a translation of the 
Hebrew Old Testament into Greek, It was made in, 
Alexandria, where .there were many Greek-speaking Jews. 
Tradition has it that, at the request of Ptolemy 
Philadelphus (285-247 B.C.), 70 Jews, skillful lin- 
guists, were sent from . Jerusalem to Egypt. The Penta- 
teuch was first translated. Later , the rest of "he 
Old Testament books were added to the translation. It 
was called the 'Septuagint 1 from the 70 translators 
who were reputed to 'have begun it. Greek was the lan- 
guage of -the world at that time. This version was in 
common use in the days of Christ. The New Testament. 
was written .in- Greek. Many of its quotations from the 
Old Testament are from the Septuagint." 

"In Jesus ! day this book (our Old Testament) was 
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and read publicly in synagogs. It was commonly regard- 
ed among the people as the 'Word of God.* Jesus Him- 
self repeatly called it the "Word of God.* 

"In the New Testament there are about 300 quotations 
from these T Scriptures f ; and no book outside these 
T Scriptures 1 is thus quoted in the New Testament , with 
the single exception of words of Enoch in the book of 
Jude. Many of these quotations are from the Septuagint 
version of the Old Testament , which was in common use 
in New Testament times; and e'ven though the Septuagint 
contained the 'Apocryphal'' books there is not one. quota- 
tion from the Apocryphal books. This is evidence that 
neither Jesus nor the Apostles recognized the Apocyphal 
books as part of 'The Scriptures. tn 

What Jesus and His apostles quoted from should sure- 
ly be approved by us or by any seeking to establish 
authenticity. 

Another strong proof of the antiquity and "canonicity" 
of the Old Testament is from the historian Josephus, 
who lived from A.D. 37 to 100. This passage is part 
of his argument against the Greeks to persuade, them of 
"the very ancient state -of the Jewish nation." He 
tells of the records which they accepted at that time 
of the early church: 

"For we have not an innumerable multitude of books 
among us, disagreeing from and contradicting one an- 
other (as the Greeks have,) but only twenty- two books, 
which contain the records of all' the past times; which 
are justly believed to be divine; and of them five 
belong to Moses, which contain his laws 5 and the tradi- 
tions of the origins of mankind till his death. This 
interval of time was little short of three thousand 
years; but as to the time from the death of Moses till 
the reign of Artaxerxes., king of Persia, who reigned 
after Xerxes, the prophets, who were after Moses, wrote 
down what was done in their times in thirteen books. 
The remaining four books contain hymns to God, and pre- 
cepts for the conduct of human life. It is true,, our 
history hath been written since Artaxerxes, very partic- 
ularly, but hath not been esteemed of the like author- 



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ity with the former by our forefathers, because there 
hath not been an exact succession of prophets since 
that time; and how firmly we have given credit to 
those books of our own nation is evident by- what we 
do; for during so many ages as have already passed , 
no one has been so bold as either to add anything to 
them or take anything from them, or to make any change 
in them; but it becomes natural to all Jews-, iinmediate- 
ly and from their very birth, to esteem those books to 
contain divine doctrines," and to persist in them, and, 
if occasion be, willingly to die for them. For it 
is no new thing for our captives, many of them in 
number, and frequently in time, to be seen to endure 
racks and deaths of all kinds upon the theatres, that 
they may not be obliged to say one word against our 
laws, and the records that contain them..." ( Jo'sephus , 
Copyright I960 by Kregel Publications, p. 609) 

The twenty-two books of the Old Testament mentioned 
in this passage by Josephus are actually the same as 
our thirty-nine as they then combined the books of 
Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles in one each. Ezra and 
Nehemiah were in one book as were Ruth and Judges, 
Lamentations and Jeremiah, and the twelve minor pro- 
phets. 

How thankful we can be for the preserving power of 
the Holy Spirit I He has kept for us, even in these 
last times, His Word from the very beginning. May we, 
like those Jews of Josephus 1 time, be willing to die 
rather than add to, or take from this Word or to say 
one word against itl — L.C. 



Precious Bible 1 what a treasure 
Does the -Word of God afford; 
All I want for life or pleasure, 
Food and medicine,, shield and sword; 
Let the world account me .poor; 
Having this, I need no more. 

— John Newton 



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FOR YOUTH 
THE LONG HAUL 

When a trucker starts across town with a load of 
parcels fbi: a nearby "business firm, he doesn't need 
much preparation. He wouldn't likely have to service 
the truck. A small quantity of fuel in the tank 
would probably be enough. He wouldn't need lunch 
along. His 'relief driver arid his sleeping compart- 
ment would be unnecessary. ! * ■'■•< 

But think of all the preparation the trucker needs 
for the long haiil. Hist ttuck'must be in top shape, 
his fuel tanks full, Hfs' : 'tires in good condition^ lte> 
needs to think of food ^and rest stops. He needs to- \ : 
study maps for the best route, the smoothest roads> 
the least traffic delay. All these and more rieed to 
be considered well. ; ' 

Young people, we are on "the long haul". Out prep- 
aration is not for just this life. Our destination is 
eternity. We need to travel the best way (Jesus')-. 
We need to know the rules of the toad--the truth 
(Jesus again). We need food a : rld fuel-- the life (still 
Jesus) . ' '" '" 

Let the worldly and the fob If gK make the short runs. 
We are planning the long distance haul. We must not 
rel^x or quit until we arrive at ; our destination — 
glory. 

fake the guidebook--the Holy Bible. Read of the ^ 
Master and King of ' the country to which we are bound . J 
Dwe|l on the rewards tie will give and the high 'Stand- 
ards He requires.? Prepare now for the journey that 
leads home. Only the preparations and the progress 
made on this long haul really count. Only in Jesus' 
will can we be successful and arrive. ~ --L.Q. 



Courage is not the absence of fear; ' it -is 'the 
mantery of it. • " •* »«. , - , * J 



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"Lessons From Nature" Series 

REFRESHING REST 



Have you ever been so utterly exhausted that you 
felt unable to do anything at : all? Weariness makes us 
feel weak to our very boneso Our head may throb, our 
muscles ache, our eyelids droop, and : our whole body 
sag* The Smallest job lobks terribly-'hardo We think 
we could not run or jump or even play. Instead dur 
whole bddy cries out for rest. 

We rest. Instantly we are asleep. Some hours lat- 
er we stretch, roll oveir^ and open* our eyesi>< Soon we 
are back on our feet, and^ to our surprise, we are as 
good as ever, The job that looked like it would take 
forever when we were weary is now quickly and easily 
accomplished. The sluggish mind that was so slow in 
making decisions is now active and alert. The muscles 
and joints that could only move slowly — almost pain* 
fully £lowly«riow run and lift and work and twigt as 
our rested body operates efficiently again. 

What a blessing it is that we can rest when we be- 
come weary. How thankful we should be that our heav- 
enly Father designed a day for working and a night for 
resting. What a wonderful and marvelous and effective 
system it really is. 

Not just people^ but animals, birds, insects and 
ocean creatures of all sorts require rest. When they 
are too tired to feed or swim or climb or fly, they 
"recharge their batteries"* by doing just what you do — 
they rest. In a hollow tree, or deep in the darkness 
of the ocean, or snug under a leaf on the forst f loor-- 
they give themselves over to res-t --refreshing rest, 

--Stanley K, Brubaker 

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''Dearly beloved, I beseech ^ypu as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 



' REDEMPTION '' 

Come to Calvary's holy mouri tain ] 
Sinners, ruined by tji^'fall; 
Here a pure and healing fountain 
Blows to you, to me J 'to'-all, * a \ 
In a full perpetual tide, 7 
Opened when our Saviour died, J * 

Come in sorrow and contrition, '' 
Wounded, impotent and blind: 
Here the guilty, free remission,' 
Here the troubled, peace may find; 
Health the fountain will restore, 
He who drinks shall thirst no more. 

He who drinks shall live; forever, 
! Tis a soul-renewing floodj. 
God is faithful, God will never 
Break His covenant in blood: " ..'" ^ 
Signed when our Redeemer tfi.ed,.. 
Sealed when. He was glorified. " 

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GOD'S GREATER PLAN 

"Hosanna! Blessed is the King of Israel that 
cometh in the name of the Lord!" With such exclama- 
tions of praise and rejoicing, the crowd of Jewish 
worshippers escorted Jesus toward Jerusalem*, Without 
a doubt, they would have crowned and supported Him as 
their national king that day* In their limited under- 
standing of the prophecies, they were looking for an 
earthly king. And here was One Who could heal them, 
feed them, raise their, dead, cast out their devils, 
and out-talk their oppressive leaders., Could He not 
also resist the Roman legions and governors that 
robbed their freedom and taxed away their living? 
But God had a better plan for them — a plan that not 
only gave them freedom for time, but saved them for 
eternity* 

The little donkey plodded on, carrying his Royal 
Passenger., But when they came in sight of the city, 
a strange .thing happened. Luke records (19:41), "And 
when he was come near, he beheld the city, -and wept 
over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at 
least in this thy day, the things which belong unto 
thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes* . ." 
Jesus told them they could not see the very things 
that were for their own goodo (We are like this, 
too!) But Jesus- proceeded, in the next seven days, 
to show them these things, and to accomplish for 
them and for us— for all time — this peace* 

The donkey carried Jesus into the city but not to 
the Fortress of Antonia, not to Herod ! s Palace to 
demand that the Edomite king and Pilate, the puppet 
procurator of Rome, immediately surrender the city 
and lay down their arms and crowns. No, He went to 
the templeo Once again, as He had three years before, 
He "cast out all them that sold and bought in the 
temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, 



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and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto 
them, It is written, My house shall be called the 
house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieve So" 
It appears that Jesus simply took over that temple. 
He healed and taught the people there and would not 
allow men to carry vessels through the temple,, (See 
Matthew 21:12-16, Mark 11:15-19 and 27, Luke 2Q:L) 

Can we see the plan of God continuing? Jesus knew 
what He would do. He knew that national independence 
was not what Israel needed — that there was a foe more 
oppressive than Rome--that unless Satan was defeated 
and death destroyed, the people would still be in ..■■ 
bondage even if they were given freedom, wealth,, and - 
health. 

The Jewish rulers naturally challenged His right 
to control the temple and teach there* "Tell us, by „ 
what authority doest thou these things? or who is he 
that gave thee this authority? 11 Jesus parried their 
question by asking. them about John's baptism and im- 
plying that His authority was from the same source** , 
Infuriated, they planned how they might destroy Him, 
"And the chief priests and the scribes the same ; hour 
sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the peo- : , 
pie, , ." (Luke 20:19) : 

It was during this time that "certain Greeks" in- .-. 
quired of Philip, "Sir, we would see Jesus," Possir n 
bly they thought they would see a politician working 
his way up to the kingship somewhat like Absalom did ., 
centuries before. If so, they were mistaken, because 
Jesus told them of His coming death. He told them 
how the seed must die to have new life. He said, "He 
that loveth his life shall lose it| and he that hateth 
his life shall keep if unto life eternal," He told of 
the ordeal facing Him: "Now is my soul troubled; and 
what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: 
but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, 
glorify thy name," God answered Him from heaven and 
Jesus told them that heard it, "This voice came not 
because of me, but for your sakes. Now is the judg- 
ment of this world: now shall the prince of this 



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world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the 
earthy will draw all men unto me u Thus He told them 
of His coming crucifixion. , o Pi 

Was it the wrong term when the crowd named Him the 
"King of Israel that cometh in the name of- the Lord"? 
N6'i ;,: 'the^ title was right even though the people did not 
understand : what it meant e In God's greater plan for 
them arid Us, Jesus is to be King over His people for- 
ever o ; He went to the cross to make the promised 
atonement for sin* He rose from the dead, defeating 
death and hell for all who will be His people, > 

Jesus offers to rule in peace in each heart It 
is ours to receive and" welcome Him D We can cry within 
our own souls, "Blessed is the King of Israel that . 
cometh in the name o£ the Lordl" But we cannot fail 
to notice the similarity to the events of that far- 
off time o God has a greater plan, for us than the t v 
present'lifeo There must be a death when Jesus comes 
to' 'rule o 'Paul says, "I am crucified with Christ*. « * n 
and ,v But God forbid that I should: glory, savfe, in,ithe 
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is 
ctucified unto me, and I unto the world*" And. ;so, 
though we may want all the benefits here and no,w,. 
there is a cross to bear and a narrow way; to travel. 
Glory is ahead but',- like our Lbrd, we cannot bypass 
the cross* -..'- 

All glory to our Saviour Who died and rose again 
to redeem us and justify us in Him for eternity! s -,\, 

- ' ' i *-r* ■ '—. " .-. ., 1 Q d \-« - L * C * ■ 

-MEDITATION 

'—'■•THE RESURRECTION " 

Jesus said, "Whosoever shall not receive the king- 
dom of God as a little .child, he shall not enter there- 
in. 11 ,,lfe understand this means to forsake all our own 
dependence on self and be willing to follow Jesus 
wherevejr He 'leads. We are unable to ' comprehend the '• 
vast, multitude of innocent 'children that will come 
forth in the resurrection. The Lord takes of all ages 
to make ,'His jewels for His kingdom. We can only '"say, 
"Thy 'will be aorie."" —Ernest Wagner 



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LOSING WEIGHT 

.. "I'm going on a diet*" How many times have you 
said that? If you 1 re skinny, probably never* If you 
are overweight like the average American is by twenty 
pounds, you've likely said it more than once. Losing 
physical weight is a common thing to hear about these 
days, but what about losing some spiritual weight? 

"We're to grow in the Spirit," you say* Yes in- 
deed, but God's Word has a diet plan that will help 
you and me to lose weight and grow! If followed cor- 
rectly this plan will one hundred per cent guarantee 
a long, long, long life (forever, in fact) in addition 
to a better mental and emotional state of health* A 
better physical condition can also be a side benefit. 

Let's study into this diet plan* Just what is 
"spiritual weight"? Why would someone need to lose 
weight spiritually? How does a person "get on" this 
plan? What happens first? Is it hard to stay on? 
Is it safe and proven? What are the net results? ; ; 
The answers to these questions are found in the Bible 
along with the comp le t^- spiritual diet plan* Please 
use it more than this article c 

"Spiritual weight" can be compared to excess fat 
in our own bodies* It is unwanted* It hinders prog- 
ress* It is unhealthy* It is unattractive* ■ In ex- 
tremes it means a heavy, hard and short life — death* 
Sin is what we are talking about* Sin has all of the 
above characteristics in our spiritual lives, and it 
must be dealt with. "Fat" and "healthy" are not 
synonymous^ neither are "sin" and "Christian"* It f s 
one or the other* (Read Eomans 6*) 

It's easy to sea the benefits of getting rid of 
weight, both physically and spiritually* The Apostle 
Paul says in Hebrews 12:1, "* * . let us lay aside 
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset 
us, and let us run with patience the race that is set 
before us* * *" Not only will our struggles be easier, 
but our goals will become more attainable* 

Just how does one "lay aside every weight" and lay 
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»o . o Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of 
our faith o , o 11 JESUS is the key to this .plan. The 
beginning and the end*; The start of our race and the 
goal* He invites, "Come unto me s all ye that labour 
and are heavy laden, and I will' -give 'you- rest; Take 
my yoke upon you, and learn of trie's f° r 1 am tneek and 
lowly in hearts and ye shall find rest unto your 
soiilSc For my yoke' is easy, and my burden is light." 
(Matthew lis 28) Sound good? Of course it does.-' And 
it is* 

'Starting this plan requires "a change, the same as 
a physical diefc* Yau can't lose weight M 'munch- 
'chocolate bars at the same time*' Read xlomans 0* It 
is said -that on a physical diet, the first place to 
lose weight is the hearts fthat a parallel in our 
spiritual dietl The heart must be changed first, and 
here is where it all —begins* Ke*- ; like the psalmist, 
must pray, "Create inme^ c 1 eari heart, C God| and 
renew a right spirit within me'V" (Psalm 51 slo) \^e 
must allow Jesus-' Ch-rist to come into our hearts and 
trim the fat away/ Study Isaiah' 6s9-lO,- Matthew 13s 
10-17 and Marie r i"fe28'-3*. ' ^ 

Why is it that so many people are overweight and 
there 1 are so many 1 failures in diets? Why is there so 
much spiritual failure (sin) around us? The 'answer - iS 
is simples not many are willing enough to stick to 
the piano Anyone, repeat anyone, can spiritually lose 
weight and keep it off The Bible says "whosoever",, 
(See John 3sl6 and Revelation 22sl7) Jesus tells" us 
that "strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which 
leadeth unto ; life," and few there be- that find it " 
(Matthew 7sl4) There is going "to be difficulty in — 
ignoring the "sin which doth so easily beset us,," but 
praise God that once we have let Christ control our : ' 
hearts, ; have be&n born again of the Spirit and'water 
by baptism'/ and have started on our Christian race :%v 
that we have the most powerful diet aid available, • -'■ 
Jesus 'Christ.- ^Greater is' he that is in you, than"he 
that is in -the world*" (I John 4s4) - Study EphesianS; 
& and Romans 8* - 5 ~ — ■ " 

Harmful side effects are nonexistent in "thiis plan— 
spiritually speaking, of cour.se. *'^^iHyit can 



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be very rough* Many have lost their lives because of 
it* Jesus warns, "Then shall they deliver you up to 
be afflicted, and shall kill, yous and ye shall be 
hated of all nations for, my name's sake.." (Matthew 
24s 9) But He also promises that "he that shall en- 
dure unto the end, the same shall be saved o" Isn f t 
that all that counts? Cur spiritual condition at the 
end of our lives is what really matters* 

There are countless thousands who have succeeded 
in this diet Read John's eyewitness account of 
Jesus* Study the lives of Paul, Timothy, Luke, 
Matthew and Peter. Above all, study the life of 
Jesus and His words and see for yourself! Read 
through Judges and Kings and see what happened to 
Israel when they did or did not obey God's plan*. 
Talk to other Christians and see what they have to 
say! Talk to God and ask Him to help you succeed 
also! 

"Glory to God in the highest" is what this spirit- 
ual life is all about— both nows "Let your light so 
shine before men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father which "is in heaven," (Matthew 
5 s 1 &) and forevers "and a great multitude*, e e stood 
before the throne, and before "the Lamb, * «. saying, 
Salvation to our God* o and urito the Lambo And all 
the angels , , worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Bless- 
ing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and 
honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for 
ever and ever* Amen " (Revelation 7 s 9-1 2) 

May each of us' be successful in our Christian walk 
by losing spiritual weight, sin, and thereby growing 
in the Spirit more and more- each day until we meet 
above with Christ our Redeemer* 

--Lloyd faagner 

Modesto, California 



Bli.TH 

R0T5R - A daughter, Melina Kay, born April 10 to Joe 
and Elizabeth Royer of Nappanee, Indiana. 



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THE PARABLE OF THE WEEPING PRINCE ," 

The Prince could remember many times singing, in 
his family's chapel, that great hymn with the refrain 
that went like this: 

What a day that will be 

When my Savior I shall see) 

And I look into that face, 

The one who saved me by^ HI.sl- : grace • 

When He takes me by the hand 

And leads me to the promised land, 

What a day, glorious day, that will be 

Well, his day had come. It came" much sooner than 
the Prince had expected,, He was only thirty-five „ 

The Prince had lived a very happy life while on 
earth* He lived in a valley, called the Valley of 
Meed, that is not too far from where you live.o. There 
was only one town in this valley, and that is where 
all the people livedo In the middle of this town was 
a large castle, and surrounding it were beautiful 
gardens filled with fragrant flowerso There was even 
a cool, clear stream flowing through making this gar- 
den even more beautiful in which to be* Surrounding 
the garden was a tall stone wall which separated those 
outside the castle from those within<> 

Those who lived in the castle were very content and 
happy and enjoyed very much being with one another*, 
As a matter of fact, they were so comfortable they 
seldom even peeked over the castle walls to see what 
life was like for those who lived on the other side 

As the Prince closed his eyes for the last time,, 
the Lord as promised was there to lead him into par- 
adise* Tears began flowing from the Prince as he 
looked into his Savior's eyeso He felt like falling 
to his knees* 

The Lord said, M As we ascend you might like to look 
back, see what you are leaving and tell me what you 
think*" 

What the Prince saw caused his tears of joy to 
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could see all of the needs of those who lived just 
outside the castle walls* The Prince realized that 
he could have shared the many blessings, the under- . 
standing that God had given to hinr and to his family. 

The Prince saw many people going down the path 
that led to destruction, people whom he Could have 
helped© "We had so much to share with thkm, but we 
were afraid to open our gates*" 

"Many are," said the Lordc "You should have re- 
membered that my grace would have been sufficient .' 
You didn't need to fear; all you needed to do was to ■ 
have exercised your faith a little more." 

"Tell me, Lord, do you think there is a chance 1 ■ 
that those I am leaving behind will see the heed that 
is just outside our walls and help those who are 
walking down that road to destruction?" 

"They can, if they will," said the Lord* " l ' ; 



--John Schonwald 

Modesto, California 



YOUTH IN THE HOME 

God has distinctive purposes for us as children -of 
His in every aspect of life: in the world, in the 
church, and in the home. ..-...? 

Let us consider God's purpose for the home. "Like- 
wise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to know- 
ledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker 
vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of 
life; that your prayers be not hindered*" (I Peter 3:7) 

The "grace of life" is the grace of God in opera- 
tion in the daily experiences of our lives . It is 
expressed in Christian virtues or graces. Each one 
of us that knows the Lord, whether single or married, 
ought to be experiencing the grace of life. But in 
the home, God intends that individuals become "heirs 
together". They share life together and they serve- 
God together. The Bible tells us that God saw it was 
not good for man to be alone, so He created a helper 
for him. 



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Within the home there is an interdependence of wife 
upon husband and husband upon wife. In this relation- 
ship the husband needs to honor the wife as the weaker 
vessel and take his place* The wife also honors her 
husband as in I Peter 3s 5, "For after this manner in 
the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, 
adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their 
own husbands*. 11 

God's basic purposes for the Christian home is that 
individuals are brought together and blossom together 
in their life* A deep spiritual relationship is de- 
veloped in the home that is going to prepare people 
to face life together*. 

This home relationship can hinder prayers, or it 
can enhance prayers It is a unit in which spiritual- 
ity is developed or is crushed to the ground* Values 
can be lost or found quickly** When individuals are 
not in tune with each other, they are not- goingto be 
able to pray together^ when we are out of tune with 
God, we do not feel like praying at alio So God's 
purpose for the home is that individuals be heirs to- 
gether of the grace of life and offer unhindered 
prayers* It is the place where God has ordained for 
individuals to bear children and raise families for 
Him, 

God gives instructions in Ephesians 6tl 9 "Children, 
obey your parents in the Lords for this is righto 
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first- 
commandment with promise^) That it may be well with 
thee, and thou mayest live long on the eartho" Youth 
have a definite place to fill in their parental home 
which will largely determine their future success* 

First, in filling their place, children are called 
to obey their parents* Some people think, because 
they are to obey their parents in the Lord, the child 
needs to decide whether or not his parents are in the 
Lord* They are taking on themselves a great respon- 
sibility*, Children are responsible to obey their 
parents unless it is directly contrary to Bible prin- 
ciple It is a serious thing for a person to disobey 
hi s pa re nts? and he need b t o ho putre . tha t what the 
parents are asking is absolutely wrong* 



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Whenever a young person is faced with a decision 
against wrong he should not take it upon himself to 
disobey his parents; rather he should seek counsel of 
spiritual indi vidua Is « 

If ungodly parents tell their children to shoplift 
a few things, then the child is not responsible to do 
that* But wherever it is not wrong to obey, it is 
wrong to not obey a Children never outgrow the re- 
sponsibility to respect their parents* When individ- 
uals leave their father arid mother and start their 
own home,, they b^gin to assume responsibilities that 
are different, but still need to have a spirit of 
respectful obedience toward parents 1 direction* 

"Honour thy father and mother," Honoring is going 
to reach beyond obedience* When we honor someone we 
respect them deeply and prize our relationship with 
them* Honoring parents demands willing obedience.^: 
The boy that had to stand in the corner and said, "I 
am still sitting down inside" was obeying; but ypu .-,..*. 
cannot rebel against parents and still be honoring 
them* 

Honoring means obeying even when you are not in 
the presence of your parents, or when they have not 
given direct commandment for a specif ic situation, as 
well as honoring the wishes of your parents when you. 
know what they want you to do* It is God's intention 
that Christian parents give their children the kind 
of direction that children are responsible to obey 
for their own good, not to impose a burden on thenu * 
The person that is in the depths of sin and trou- 
ble generally was disobeying his parents as soon as 
he was able to get away with it The criminal does 
not end up on death row just in one step, but gets 
there by disobeying whatever authority was placed over 
hirru Disobedience to parents affects one f s moral 
character and spiritual character,. People who dis- 
obey their parents generally disobey God to the same 
degree and the same manner c (Continued in next issue) 

By David Burkholder 
Selected from The Christian Contender by Albert Ernst 



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HISTORICAL 
HISTORY OF THE BIBLE 
THE NEW TESTAMENT 

We have seen,,, that Jesus Himself placed His divine 
approval upon the Old Testament Scriptures, Throughout 
His ministry He made constant reference to them and to 
their teachings. But the New Testament was written 
"after our Lord ascended into heaven. Can we claim His 
approval for these writings, too? Most assuredly we 
can, for He told His apostles that He would send the 
Holy Spirit upon them, and He gave them a promise in 
these words: t! He shall teach you ail things, and bring 
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said 
unto you." (John 14:26) Our Lord kept His word; the 
Holy Spirit cajne, and the books of the New Testament 
are the result of His guidance. 

Immediately after the resurrection and ascension of 
Jesus, those who were eyewitnesses of His glory "went 
everywhere preaching the word." By word of mouth they 
carried the good news of the salvation that He had 
brought. With the passing of the years, however, the 
need to have the message in writing became evident; 
and so the New Testament books came to be written. 
Some were written in Palestine, some in Asia Minor, 
some in Greece and in Rome. From the New Testament 
itself we learn that these books were to be read in 
churches other than the ones to which they were origin- 
ally addressed. (Col. 4:l6j I Thess. 5:27)' Quite like- 
ly > copies of the various books were made almost imme- 
diately after they were first written, and circulated 
among the churches, - Thus, bit by bit, each congrega- 
tion would make its own collection of books recognized 
as being from the Inspired pen and place them along- 
side the Old Testament Scriptures. 

At what time the entire group of twenty-seven books 
of the New Testament were first ^brought together we 
cannot say definitely. There were no printing presses, 
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slow task. Christians were presecuted, and the sacred 
writings that were not hidden were destroyed. There- 
fore a church counted itself fortunate if it had copies 
of even a dozen or less of the books of the New Testa- 
ment. As early as A.D. 95> however-,- we find Clement 
of Rome referring to Matthew, Luke/' Romans, I Corin- 
thians, and Hebrews. He may have been acquainted with 
James, I Timothy, and I Peter.- Other early writers 
refer to other New Testament books. Irenaeus (130-200) 
in his writings quotes from most of the -Mew Testament 
books and designates them as Scripture. About A.D. 170 
a list of Christian Scriptures was made in Rome, and it 
included all of the books of our Ne ; w Testament except 
Hebrews, I and II Peter, and James. This list is known 
as the Muratorian Fragme nt . The entire list of twenty- 
seven books of the New Testament Is to be found in the 
writing .of Origen, a Christian scholar of Alexandria 

(185-254) . p rQm How We Got Our Bible by S. Edward Tesh 
' The Standard Publishing Co., 'Cincinnati, Ohio 

COMMUNION MEETING NOTICES 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold 6Ur Spring Love feast, the 
Lord willing, at Salida on May % and' 6. We sincerely 
welcome all to come and be with us r at this "time of 
communion and revival. 

^—Joseph L. Cover 

ANNUAL MEETING 
The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing,, on June 8, 9, and 
10 at the meeting House near Wakarusa, Indiana. Friday 
will be council dayj Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost) 
will be for public preaching £ and Saturday, evening will 
be the Communion service. A hearty invitation is ex- 
tended to all of our brethren, sister's, and friends to 
attend . 

: ■-•- . \ — Melvin Coning 



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LOOKING AT THE CROSS 

In evil long I took delight, 

Unawed by shame or fear, 
Till a new object struck my sight, 

And stopped my wild career. 
I saw One hanging on a tree, 

In agonies and blood, 
Who fixed His languid eyes on me, 

As near His cross I stood. 

Sure, never till my latest breath 

Can I forget that look; 
It seemed to charge me with His death, 

Though not a word He spoke. 
My conscience felt and owned the guilt, 

And plunged me in despair; 
I saw my sins His blood had spilt, 

And helped to nail Him there. 

Alas I I knew not what I did, 

But now my tears are vain; 
Where shall my trembling soul be hid? 

For I the Lord have slain. 
A second look He gave which said, 

"I freely all forgive; 
This blood is, for thy ransom paid, 

I die that thou mayst live. 1 ' 

Thus while His death my sin displays 

In all its' blackest hue; 
Such is the 1 mystery of grace, 

It seals my pardon, too, 
With pleasing grief and mournful joy 

My. spirit 'now is filled, 
That I should such a life destroy, 

Yet live by Him I killed. 

— John Newton 






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FOR YOUTH 
In our future issues we hope to set aside this page 
for contributions from young people and for articles 
especially for youth* We invite your sharing, by ■ send- 
ing your mm writings, * favorite, poems, or .selections.. 

- CLOSE RESEMBLENCE ... ." 

Long ago on dark Golgothk, * ; "■ - '"" 
Where my Lord was .crucified, " J '^ :>; 

the?e the people : scgrned f and mocked Him, ■ 
y My Redeemer bled: 'aricT died ; **'^'$ s-; -..:■ \c 

yi Then they . took Him .and, , they laid Him ■ . V^St 

; ■.., In a sepulchre unuqedj : ; ■■'. '[ . \; . r . ".W-'J 
■•-v ., ~ Wrapped 4n linen ^ ■ '"" : 

Laid His body in ; th^ ^tomfcu r v 7 : y^/\ "^, ^ • 

Then came K&ry sad arid "Wiping / r " i}] ' r rP«3 
Hastening at 'the early dawn, ' ■' f; — " : Hj 
Though the stone across the 'dboi'way ' 
Might keep her from going oh/' ']' : : - -.'; 

: But -Christ is risen from the> deacU , **J 

The huge stone is , rolled; away].- - ' , .^... ! 
For the tomb- cannot hold its-deadj .-, V.^.%" '■'" 
What a happy, glorious dayi, ; [ I kJ '.){ """."- .. ,";/ 

Now consider th'e\spring fiowe^s,\ ;: :?/ : "' 
, ( How they .grow up ,£rom the ground," • ;" ; ■ *; '"- 
' How they .bloom in rich pr6fu^i6ny; i;3 " : t /"' */ T ' ?; 
How they wilt and die/ again. '; *'" ' [ 

* V But remember in the springtime-^ ^', ;, : &; . ' 

.(It is very plain to. see): ■. jt ^ ■. ", , Jr , 
. That things dead will spon, be livings 6 *■■ i ^: 
- They shall bloom again for mei 

^*u:;? s "there not a ' closa **esemblence, .'-V }r : " .':■ 
.,•;;; f Twixt my Saviour, risen Lord, 

And gay flowers In the springtime? ■*■' 

By God's power life is restored! 

By Martha Wagner, Bradford, ' Ohio •• 



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"Lessons From Nature" Series 
STAYING CLOSE 

As our family strolled along the trail at the zoo 
we were amazed at the variety of creatures our God has 
made. Monkeys, wolves, zebras, snakes, tigers, pea- 
cocks, deer, goats, and many other animals and birds 
were eating, playing, climbing, and flying about* 

Our walk soon took us to the edge of a small 
stream. Floating gracefully on the water was a pair 
of Canada geese. Arid swimming close to the two large 
geese were eight tiny balls of goosedown* Eight one- 
day-old goslings turned when the parents turned, fol- 
lowing them closely like fuzzy yellow shadows. Eight 
babies goose-paddled rapidly with their little webbed 
feet to keep up with the older geese * God had given 
them the instinct to know that they were not safe out 
by themselves on the open water, so they anxiously 
watched their parents and stayed close. 

We saw two other animals that liked to stay close 
to their mother--twin bear cubs. They climbed and 
tumbled over each other, walking, crawling and rolling 
about,, enjoying their new adventures every minute* 
But they never went far from Mother Bear, who was 
resting in the shadows behind them. 

H«.ve you ever been lost among crowds of people in 
a strange place, unable to find your parents or to 
see one face you recognized? It f s a scary feeling, 
isn't it? We gladly stay close to our parents after 
we finally find them again. 

As we walk through life in a dangerous world, let*s 
stay close to our parents* Respect, obedience and 
honor are due to them; let's give it cheerfully! 

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PRAYER FOR THE SPIRIT' 

Gracious Spirit, Love divine, 
Let Thy light within me shine; 
All my guilty fears remove, 
Fill me full of heaven and love. 

Speak Thy pardoning grace, to me, 
Set the burdened sinner free; 
Lead me to the Lamb of God, , 
Wash me in His precious blood. 

Life and peace to me impart; 
Seal salvation on my heart; 
Breathe Thyself into my breast, 
Earnest of :unmortal rest. 

Let me never from Thee stray; 
Keep me in the narrow way; 
Fill my soul with joy divine; 
Keep me, Lord, forever Thine. 

By J. Strocker 

From Spiri tual Hymns 



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OF ONE ACCORD— ALL FILLED— NOT DHJNKEN 

These short phrases help describe the small company 
that experienced the baptism of the Holy Ghost on 
Pentecost after Jesus left the earth to return to the 
Father* According to Luke f s record in Acts 1, there 
were 120 of them including the twelve apostles, Jesus 1 
mother Mary, and His brethren. It was a waiting, ex- 
pectant group, for Jesus had told them they would re- 
ceive this baptism and power r God was soon to begin 
to use this nucleus of believers to spread His Gospel 
of peace and salvation around the world * 

: 0F ONE ACCORD 

Accord means agreement and harmony. It often comes 
because of mutual interest and similar needs. It is 
used frequently pa The Acts to describe the early be- 
lievers. According to Strong ' s Concordance , the Greek 
word means ''unanimously. 11 Christians today strive for 
this "accord," and It is a worthy goal. The Brethren 
Church of the past felt- at times that "unanimity" was 
the only condition in which there was safety to pro- 
ceed with decisions. We are urged in the epistles to 
be of one mind (I Peter 3:8, Philippians 2:2, II Cor- 
inthians 13:11), and Jesus prayed that we might all 
be one. I feel sure that this unity is more than just 
being of one organisation or one name, but is rather 
a unity of purpose and of the Spirit. 

The council described in Acts 15 began without unity. 
Some of the believing Pharisees opposed Paul and 
Barnabas and their acceptance of Gentile believers. 
In fact, this was the reason for the council in the 
first place. We, also, can expect to have a measure 
of disunity or difference of opinions as long as the 
adversary is loose. His business is to confuse issues, 
to divide brethren, and then to set one faction against 
another.. 

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Verse 22: "Then pleased it the apostles and elders, 
with the whole . church y to send chosen men of their own 
company to Ant loch with Paul, and Barnabas.,. 11 In the 
message they sent" with 'these men, they wrote (V. 25, 28), 
"It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one 
accord... For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and v 
to us,,." The accord they had as they assembled was 
not so much a unity of opinion as it was a unity of the 
Spirit in 'desiring- the Lord ! s will and a peaceable 
solution. So may it be with us. 

When those 120 believers waited in Jerusalem, they 
"...continued with one accord in. prayer and supplica- 
tion..." When this condition exists, self is forgotten, 
pride and envy have no room, and God is able and willing 
to pour out. His Spirit. We cannot repeat Pentecost, but 
when conditions are the same, results will be similar. 

ALL FILLED 
These believers, assembled with one accord, heard 
the wind, saw the fire, and spoke the wonderful works 
of God in other tongues. They were all filled with the 
- Holy Ghost. God did not miss any of them nor leave out 
the women. The prophecy of Joel 2:28,29 was, "And it 
shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my 
spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your, daughters 
shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams,, your 
young men shall -see visions: And also upon the 'servants 
and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out 
my spirit," 

From other Scriptures we know that women -were not 
given the leadership and teaching In the church. But 
Paul says that "....there Is neither male nor female: 
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Gal. 3:28). The 
account does not say specifically that the women spoke 
and prophesied there. But from the prophecy of Joel, 
and from the statement that "they were all filled with 
the Holy Ghost," we believe that they did. However, 
.some of the onlookers mocked them and said, "These men 
are full of new wine." This would show the men taking 
leadership and responsibility by the Holy Spirit. 

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of the "women's lib movement' 1 of today, have women more 
love, respect, fulfillment, usefulness, and apprecia- 
tion than in the God-ordained order of the Christian 
church. I Corinthians 11:11 tells it well: "Neverthe- 
less neither is the man without the woman, neither the 
woman without the man, in the Lord," . 

Being all filled with the Holy Ghost brought success: 
The Gospel was and is preached In all nations beginning 
at Jerusalem as Jesus told them. Here was '"-the Lord 
(making) bare his- holy, arm In the eyes of all the na- 
txon$j and. all the ends of the earth shall see the 
salvation of our God." (Isaiah 52:10) 

.NOT DHJNKEN 
- This is a negative term, but a descriptive one. Men 
use drunkenness to forget their troubles and dutie.s and 
enjoy a release from care and inhibitions that normally 
restrain them from foolishness or wrong. When some of 
the bystanders heard the believers speaking other 
languages, saw their enthusiasm and obvious peace and 
joy, they mocked them, charging them with being full of 
new wine. But believers are not drunken. On the con- 
trary, they are sober and watchful and careful — assum- 
irg responsibility for their conduct and words. W@ 
might say that these men were full of "new wine" but 
not the kind the mockers thought of. Jesus said that 
new wine must be put into new bottles. Here were new 
men and women being filled with new joy and praise. 
The new work of salvation was being done by the Spirit 
of God. — L.C. . • v 

HIS CHILDREN 

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord 
pitieth them that fear him." (Psalm 103:13) 

As we watch our children grow and develop, we soon 
see they are able to perform easy, simple tasks if given 
clear Instructions and not asked to do things beyond 
their ability. So the Lord deals' with us, giving clear 
easy-to-be-understood Instructions which we can follow^ 
knowing He is ready to help us if we find difficult 
problems. — Ernest Wagner Modesto, 6aliforr:K 



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1 JUDGMENT 

Judgment can be used for good or evil* can build 
up or tear down, depending on whether we are judging 
ourselves or others, or judging righteously or un- 
righteously« r 

If all professing Christians would judge themselves 
in honesty and truth by the ; Word of God instead of; - 
comparing among themselves, which II Cor a 10:12 says 
is not wise, what spiritual growth could be obtained, 
and how God's will could be accomplished in this c: 
wicked and adulterous world! 

It's not hard to feel justified when wp look ., r 
around at the lukewarmness and spiritual dec-ay <> But 
when we lay our lives down beside the Word, it humbles 
us and makes us realize we have nothing to boast of* 
We need to set a high standard instead of being„ satis- 
fied with a halfway walk* The men of JEaith through- 
out time have had high standards^. looking % to ; ' -their ; : 
Creator' and Saviour as the only t^ue. source of . ;.; 
strength and guidance* Let's consider f ro^.^^e.-Word 
of God some different aspects of ..judgment 3 { * . n {+ .,,;; 

GOD THE JUDGE 

The Lord is a righteous Judge c (II Tim. 4:8) "And 
he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall 
minister judgment to the people in uprightness*," (Ps 
9:8) "„ . P And he shall not judge after the sight -. 
of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his 
ears: But with righteousness shall he judge the: p.oor, 
and reprove with equity for the meek, pfj thgrf earth: and 
he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, 
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the 
wicked*" (Isa. 11:3,4) Jesus said, ». „ . I judge no 
man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true; for I 
am not alone, but I and the father that sent me " 
(John 8:15,16) 

God has set the standard; any judgment that man 
makes must line up with the righteous and holy stand- 
ard of the Lord, , "Woe unto them that call evil good, 



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and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light 
for darkness^ that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for 
bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own 
eyeso * «," (Isaiah 5:20-21) 

THE CHURCH IS TO JUDGE 

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at 
the house of Gods and if it first begin at us, r what 
shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of 
God?" (I Peto 4:17) "Do ye not know that the saints 
shall judge the world? and if the world shall be 
judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest 
matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how 
much more things that pertain to this life?" (I Cor, 
6 s 2-3) 

"But now I have written unto you not to keep com- 
pany, if any man that is called a brother be a forni- 
cator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a 
drunkard, or an extortioner^ with such an one no not 
to eato For what have I to do to judge them also that 
are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 
But them that are without God judgetho Therefore put 
away from among yourselves that wicked person," (I 
Cor 5:11-13) "Moreover if thy brother shall tres- 
pass against thee, go and tell him his fault between 
thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee, thou hast 
gained thy brother*, But if ;he will not hear thee, 
then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth 
of two or three witnesses every word may be estab- 
lished* And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell 
it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the 
church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a 
publican.".. (Matto 18:15-17) 

These scriptures show there is judgment to be made 
within the churcho Sin is a terrible thing and has 
caused our Lord Jesus Christ to suffer, bleed, and 
die* "* o * How shall we, that are dead to sin, live 
any longer therein?" (Rom* 6:2) "And they that are 
Christ's have, crucified the flesh with the affections 
and lustso" (Gal* 5:24) "Them that sin rebuke before 



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all, that others also may fear," (I Tim* 5:20) 
"Righteousness exalteth a hationt but sin is a re- 
proach to any people*" (Proverbs .14:34) 

But how do we see judgment in today ? s denomination- 
al picture? In the early church when Ananias and 
Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost about the land they 
had sold and fell dead, great fear fell upon the 
church? We. cannot hide anything from the Lord of 
heaven, "The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's 
throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids 
try, the children of meno", (Psalm 11:4) 

When known sin is let go 5 whether in the church or 
in our individual lives, the Holy Spirit power is 
lost, and much damage can be done* When Achan cov- 
eted a goodly Babylonish garment, two, hundred shekels 
of silver, and a x^edge of gold, the children of Israel 
lost the battle at Ai, and 36 men lost their liveso 
(Joshua 7:21) 

JUDGING OURSELVE S . \ J 

Judging ourselves is of utmost importance, for if 
we will not judge ourselves, in the future we will be 
judgedo We read: "But let a man examine himself, 
and so let him eat of that bread, and dirink of that 
,cup For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, 
eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not-discern- 
ing the Lord's body* For this cause many are Weak and 
sickly among you, and many sleep For if we would 
, judfle ours sl\ y e5g we should not be judgedo But when 
we are judged, we' are chastened of the Lord, that we 
should not be condemned with the world*" (I Cor„ 11: 
28-32) "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going 
before to judgment; and some men they follow after," 
(I Tim, 5 % 24) How„wonderful is the plan of God, that 
we can have forgiveness and peace! We don't have to 
go about in life with a guilty conscience. This is 
what Satan wants, to cripple our relation and commun- 
ion with God* If we know we have sinned, we should 
confess it and ask for forgiveness, and then believe 
that God forgives: ,f Let the wicked forsake his way, 
and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him 



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return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; 
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon*" (-Isa 
55s7) "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and 
just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from 
all unrighteousnesso" (I John ls9) 



(Continued in next issue). 
--Kenneth Garber 
Twain Harte, Calif 



YOUTH IN THE HOME 
(Continued from last issue), 

God has placed parents in authority over their 
children, so when children disobey their parents they 
are actually disobeying God* 

Children that have never learned to submit their 
will to the will of their parents, but simply ignore 
their parents 1 wishes, are not prepared to face the 
social adjustments of life* They are not prepared to 
cope with the issues of life, simply because they are 
continually bucking against authority, whether in the 
church or otherwise Disobedience is as rottenness 
in the bones * 

Young people have a tremendous opportunity, priv- 
ilege, and responsibility to be a contribution to the 
home c Be willing to do your share of the work in the 
hoine. Your parents washed, fed, and cared for you 
when you were young, and now in return you have a re- 
sponsibility to be" a contribution in this home* 

You ought to be a pleasant person to have around, 
the kind of person that is missed when you are not 
there, rather than heing a nuisance or uncooperative, 
and putting on a different face as soon as someone 
comes a round o 

Young people ought to be contributing to the spir- 
itual tone of home life. Do you participate in a pos- 
itive way in family worship? in establishing an at- 
mosphere of singing in the home? 

Youth have the responsibility to be the right kind 



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of example to their younger brothers and sisterso 
When the older children in the home respect and honor 
their parents, the younger children will find it much 
easier to do so e But if older children act like it 
is smart not to cooperate, the younger ones may form 
that concept of what a young person ought to be<> 
Another very practical responsibility is that 
young people should plan to be at home Church life 
takes up time which is good and right, but young peo- 
ple need to learn to be satisfied at home and enjoy 
their families* This is one of the great parts of 
character building* Be content to be at home with 
your f ami lies o Plan it into your schedules and cut 
some other activities out a 

As long as a person is in his parental home he 
ought to feel responsible to help develop the kind of 
family unit that sticks together, where children "de- 
velop an intense loyalty to each other and to their 1 
parents 

We recognize that God does not call everybody to 
have homes of their own, and we need to be ready to 
accept God f s will for us« Having a home of your own 
is not the only way to happiness and satisfaction in 
life« It is true that God has ordained it as a happy 
place, but there are a lot of unhappy homes, so a home 
is not the complete answer* Single people in the 
church have a tremendous place to fill and tremendous 
opportunities to serve God, as they discover His 
place for thenu 

When individuals come to the teen-age years, it is 
only natural that they begin to think about the pos- 
sibilities of establishing a home* Then is the time 
to be thinking about themselves, and developing their 
own personal character and personal convictions c 
Young people's concepts about life are developed apart 
from and before they are close to having homes of 
their own« 

Developing character involves obeying parents as 
well as a personal relationship with our Lordo It al- 
so involves personal Bible study which takes time and 
effort. You can not live on sermons all the time, but 



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must enter into Bible study of your own. Search the 
Word, read the right books, read good literature, and 
develop the right kind of convictions o 

In preparing for a home of your own, first you 
need to be sure that you are the right kind of person,. 
Often people get so worried about finding just the 
right kind' of companion that they run hither and yon 
looking' fot that perfect companion* They think time 
is running out! But if an individual pays attention 
to himself and leaves the matter in God^ hand, God 
has' a way of bringing the right kind of. persons to- 
gether* There is a remarkable statement in Genesis 
24 where Eleazar said, "I being in the -way, the Lord 
led me* M 

It is also profitable to be observant about other 
homes as well* In choosing a life companion one 
needs to wait until he is old enough to know what he 
is looking for in a life companion, avoiding the pup- 
py love kind of affair* 

A spiritually immature person is not qualified and 
is not able to discern spiritual qualities in other 
individuals* So an individual needs to express ma- 
turity* 

It is important for individuals to be where they 
ought to be, and then to allow the Lord to lead them 
to the right place* And when the Lord leads, it is a 
wonderful thing* When people run ahead of the Lord 
and get all excited* they usually bring upon them- 
selves a host of heartaches* 

When a sincere spiritual young person is consider- 
ing a partner he is going to seek counsel before he 
asks a person to keep company with him* Counsel is 
one of the great protections that God has given us* 
It is too important a decision to make in one's own 
wisdom* He will ask counsel about the individual and 
whether he himself is ready for an experience like 
this* 

The key word is patience - -patience in discovering 
the Lord* s will and allowing Him to work things outj 
patience by being the kind of person you want your 
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is true in a positive sense, so give attention to its 
principle * 

Individuals come to that place in which they; now 
have discovered Someone that they feel would make the 
kind of companion they are looking for*, Careful ob- 
servation needs to be given for spiritual qualities as 
well as other qualities*, But there are some things 
that are difficult to learn from a distance,, 

One of the great masterpieces of God is two indi- 
viduals brought together that complement each other's 
experience* - The husband finds in his wife that which 
he lacks and the wife finds in her husband that which 
she needs, together becoming a complete unit* 

So the right kind of dating is going to inspire a 
spiritual growth to both individuals to be better per- 
sons, to be more stable in their Christian lives, and 
to be more useful to the Lordo 

Sometimes there is a temptation for young people to 
get obsessed with each others they can scarcely think 
about anything else or be anywhere the other is not* 
Really, it takes more maturity for young people to 
stay apart and limit their contact with each other 
than it does to always be together*, Young people that 
are dating can be interested in their dating while at 
the same time still enjoying church life in general* 

The right kind of courtship is going to express 
love, not lust* Love is going to desire the best for 
the other individual and protect the purity of both*. 
It will govern the way that we conduct ourselves, be- 
ing careful not to be suggestive in dress, activities, 
or in any other way* It will avoid those situations 
which would be a temptation*, 

Any indulgence that is not pure is going to mil-' 
itate against the right kind of future home life*, 
Many homes that have problems internally are homes 
where the couples had engaged in things before mar- 
riage that were only for married people*. They vio? 
lated the principles of purity that God has outlined* 
Preparing for home life, we have seen, begins as a 
child*, . ; 

Youth should consider their total life carefully* 



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Have I met the condition of obedience to my parents? 
Am I honoring my parents? Have I been making the 
contribution to my parental home that I am responsible 
to? Am I willing to follow the right steps '.In estab- 
lishing a home of my own, if God calls me to it? 
May God help each one of us to fill the place 
where He wants us to be. 

By David Burkholder 
Selected from The Christian Contender by Albert Ernst 



OBITUARY 

ALBERT AaRON ROYER was born July 29, 1901, in 
Starke County, Ohio, son of Daniel and Nora (Fisher) 
Royer, and died April 23, 1984, at the .. age of 82 
years, 8 months, and 24 days, at the home of his 
daughter, Wane t a Graybili, Goshen, Indiana** 

He married Phoebe Marconett Chrowl January 30, 
l929o Phoebe died September 24, 1974* Two children 
were born to this union: Edward Daniei,^ Elkhart, 
Indiana; and Waneta May, Goshen, Indiana « A step- 
daughter, Mrs*. Clint (Dessie) Scoggins, also survives* 
Surviving also are six grandchildren and fourteen 
great-grandchildren; three brothers: Owen, New Paris, 
Indiana; James, Delphi, Indiana! and Mark, Waterford, 
California; and three sisters: Ruth (Mrs* Snively 
Riddle); Anna (Mrs Maxcy Reed), both of Waterford, 
California; and Naomi (Mrs. Luke Kruse) , Mammoth. 
Springs, Arkansas i 

At an, early age he moved to California with his 
parents, till 1939 when he with his family moved to: 
Indiana where he wa,s baptized into the Old Order 
Brethren German Baptist Church, in which he was 
faithful unto his death. 

Following a stroke in August, 1981, and being no 
longer able to care for himself, he made his home 
with his daughter. 

Being a blacksmith his entire life, he had many 
friends who will greatly miss his service and friend- 
ly face. \ --The, Family 






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HISTORICAL — ■ '—•■ 

HISTORY OF THE BIBLE 
How Were the New Testament Books Selected? 

In a way., this is the wrong question to ask. As has 
been stated, the early Christians did not claim the 
authority to- declare any writing to be Scripture* Rather, 
theirs was the task of identifying the inspired books 
when they saw them. Besides,_the Scriptural' writings 5 
there were many others, -Some of them were by devout 
Christian scholars and are of great value. Others 
claimed to be apostolic, but/Were clearly forgeries and 
frauds. These -latter writings were easily recognised 
for what they were and were" rejected. Some of the 
others were read in some of the churches, but never 
became a part of the Mew Testament. It was not because 
these books were objectionable in any way that they. 
were rejected. They were not 'traceable to the apostles 
not to the apostolic circle,, and only apostolic .writings 
were to be included, for Christ had promised "all trjath" 
through this source. 

We are not- to suppose that the books underwent- a ; 
period of testing before they were admitted to the list 
of sacred writings. Reference is sometimes made to the 
"doubtful books" in tfee Bible. These are books whose 
status as Scripture has been questioned by some. It -is 
sometimes argued that the canon of the Old 'Testament 
was not "fixed" until after A.D. 96, That was about 
the iime that Jewish leaders at Jajnnla debated whether 
or net Proverbs, Eccleslastes,, the- Song of Solomon, and 
Esther should be recognized as Scripture..*. They finally 
decided that they should be. The point is, these books 
already had been generally- accepted., The Council of 
Jamnia was but confirming what previously ■- had been ad- 
mitted. As for the "doubtful" books of the New Testa- 
ment, it seems that any delay in their universal accept- 
ance by the early Christians was due largely to care In 
determining their apostolic authority before admitting 
them to the canon.. By S. Edward Tesh in How We Got 

Our Bible " 



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BAPTISMS 

We rejoiced with the ^a^els on March 18 when Lynn 

Cardin was baptized at Bradford, Ohio. May the grace 

and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ keep him faithful 

unto the eternal reward ♦ _. _■■ 

—Mollis Flora 

We here at Rio Verde, Brazil, rejoicec" much when 

Francisco Orcenio Machado was received into fellowship 

by a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ and 

Holy Baptism on April 29. TT 3 ™ 

— Wade Flora 



BIRTHS 

WAGNER - A son, Luke Evan, born April 25 to Lloyd and 
Beth Wagner of Modesto, California. 

MARTIN - A son, Dalewyn Cameron, born April 30 to David 
and Mary Ann Martin of Dalton, Ohio. 

BOWSER - A daughter, Heidi Ruth, born May 26 to Arnold 
and Rachel Bowser of Mount Olive, Mississippi. 



ADDRESS CHANGE 

Bill Miller 5300 N. Finney Rd. 

Modesto, Calif. 95356 (209) 545-0531 



(continued from page 15) 

May God help each one of us to continue in the 
faith that has been passed down through the genera- 
tions to us, and may we never be ashamed of the Gospel 
of Christ, ". . . for it is the power of God unto 
salvation to every one that beiieveth* 6 .» (Romans 
1:16) Young people, let's get a hold on that power: 
read your Bibles! 

— Lloyd Wagner 

Modesto, California 



FOR YOUTH 15 

WHO'S PUSHING YOU ? 

Just off the coast of Labrador in the North Atlan- 
tic Ocean tower huge ic£bergs$ some are as high as 
three to four hundred feet above the water's surface. 
These massive chunks, of ice seer$,to defy nature... On 
their way out £P sea they /sometimes fJLpat straight in - 
to the fierce winds! How^abput that? 

How do they do it? Well,, it's really very simple. 
Amazingly, only one. eighth of. the Iceberg's mass is 
above water o The rest -is deep below the surface be- 
ing pushed along by the steady currents that flow one 
way,, no matter what's happening up top! . ,-.\ .. 

Young people and young couples, let's cpmpare our 
lives to these icebergs* We, too, are ;on a jp.urney., 
a journey to eternity. Teenagers^, you've begun to 
"breakaway" from your parents. Ypu.'ve, had ,tq start 
making decisions on yot^r own, form your own goals, ; 
and choose between right and wrong. Those of . you who 
are dating (or thinking; about it) are in one of the 
most exciting time^ of life, a time that is filled 
with many challenges and decisions. Married couples, 
we have broken away from our families and are. on puf 
own^-or should be! (See Genesis 2:24, Ma tthew 19:3-9.) 

Who and what are you letting contro r l your, life and 
your destiny? Are you letting Satan blow you off*' ' T 
course by yielding to moral temptations, so-called " 
"peer pressure", world influence, and whatever the 
world may throw at you? Or are you deeply rooted in 
God through His Spn Jesus Christ and the Bible, stead- 
ily moving toward, heaven and eternal life? 

Think about it. Pray about it. Then do something 
about it. If you are not in God's "mainstream", then 
get there as quickly as you can* If you are there 
already, then do everything within your power and be- 
ing to stay there. Guard against being". tossed 
to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doc- 
trine. . ." (Ephesians 4sl4) by being ". « , rooted 
and grounded in love* . ." (Ephesians 3:17) in Christ 

Jesus our Lord. , 

(Continued on page 14) 



16 CHILDREN'S PAGE 

"Lessons From Nature" Series 
A LITTLE LEAF 

Have you ever looked closely. at a tiny new leaf? 
It is really a pleasure to examine the first leaves 
of spring as they unroll on a tree 1 s bare branches* 

In many ways a baby is like those first leaves* 
Both have a special innocent beauty which is refresh- 
ing to people who love God and His wonderful crea- 
tions* A new leaf is a bright and satiny living 
green* Its surface is shiny and smooth and soft, 
without a trace of imperfection* It is perfectly 
formed; all of its thousands of invisible cells grow 
in their amazing ways, and grow so quickly that the 
new leaf becomes much larger every day* And the new- 
born child also possesses a pure and radiant beauty-- 
it seems to be faultless in every aspect* 

But new leaves don't keep their appearance new. As 
they grow larger they become torn. by wind and weather, 
and insects chew holes in them* Sometimes they become 
dusty, and they often get little galls or growths that 
spoil their appearance* 

As newborn children grow larger, they soon show the 
effects of a sinful nature* Without careful training 
and discipline by those who love them they would soon 
be ruihedj their beauty and sweetness would be gone, 
and their value and blessing to the world would be 
lost* ' :) 

May God; give us -a pure and lasting beauty* 

--Stanley K„ Brubaker 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:it 



JERUSALEM, THE GOLDEN 

Jerusalem, the golden, 

With milk and honey blest t 
Beneath thy contemplation 

Sink heart and voice oppressed; 
I know not, I know not 

What joys await me there; 
What radiancy of glory, 

What 'bliss beyond compare. 

They stand, those halls of Zion, 

All jubilant with song, 
And bright with many an angel, 

And all the martyr throng; 
The Prince is ever in them, 

The daylight is serene; 
The pastures of the blessed 

Are decked in glorious sheen. 

sweet and blessed Country, 

Shall I e'er see thy face? 
sweet and blessed Country, 

Shall I e'er win thy grace? 
Exult, Odiist and'ashesl 

The Lord shall be thy part;- 
His only, His forever, 

Thou shalt be, and thou artt ' / 

— Bernard of Cluny, 12th Century 

Translated by John .11. Neale, .1818-1866 



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WATCHFULNESS 

The Christian life is characterized by watchful- 
ness. We are told to watch and pray and be ready, not 
only for the return of our Lord, but also to be aware 
of the temptations around us that we might not be de- 
ceived and defeated* 

The opposite of watchfulness is slumber or drowsi- 
ness. We know and appreciate that sleep is a blessed 
provision of God for tired bodies*. We need it It is 
said that they who continually punish their bodies by 
losing sleep build up a "sleep debt" that is never 
fully paid even by a period of rest later. So sleep 
is a vital part of our lives* But when we sleep we 
become quite helpless. David could have slain Saul 
when he came to him as he was asleep. Sisera, the 
mighty captain of a Canaanite host, was slain easily 
by a woman when he was asleep. Armies, ships 1 crews, 
and even factories must have watchmen and sentries so 
the rest can sleep in peace and not be surprised by 
enemies or vandals* 

Making a spiritual application of these facts, how 
sad it is if Christians are sleeping when they should 
be watching! Paul writes this in I Thessalonians 5; 
5,6: f, Ye are a7 1 t*he children of light, and the 
children of the day; we are not of the night, nor of 
darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; 
but let us watch and be sober." 

If we are spiritually drowsy, our perception is 
not as keen as it should be. We may fail to perceive 
a potential danger, and the adversary can work un- 
noticed in our lives. I think we all have noticed 
that when we first see sinful conduct (for instance, 
the nakedness of women and men in public) we are 
shocked. But if we see it often enough, it doesn ! t 
seem quite so shocking as at firsto If we are spirit- 
ually watchful and awake, we will continue to abhor 



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evil and be shocked by ito May we be continually 
alarmed at hearing the Lord's name used in vain and 
at any other sinful conduct around us. 

If we are awake and watchful we will notice when 
we tend to drift toward worldliness and carelessness* 
We will watch and pray for God's help and deliverance 
from temptation and deception*, 

If we are watching faithfully we will be aware of 
the needs around us--both in the brotherhood and in 
the world* We will see opportunities for service and 
usefulness and not neglect them* 

The apostle says, "Let us watch and be sober," It 
will make us sober to be aware of the needs around us 
and of the temptations* Sobriety and vigilance are 
linked together in I Peter 4:7 and 5:8: "But the end 
of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and 
watch unto prayer," "Be sober, be vigilant; because 
your adversary the devil, as a roaring l?on f walketh 
about, seeking whom he may devour* " 

Watchfulness or vigilance is a quality we must not 
lose* We know what happens if we become careless when 
we work with machinery. We see the broken homes re- 
sulting when husband and wife become careless about 
their marriage relationship, We know the failure 
that results when a businessman fails to keep his eye 
on expenses and profits. We know an army suffers de- 
feat when the watchmen are not on duty. 

In the Christian life we too will suffer loss and 
failure if we fail in watchfulness. To the church at 
Sardis, Jesus spoke through the apostle John in 
Revelation 3:2, "£e watchful and strengthen the things 
which remain, that are ready to die, , ," Good is 
ever ready to die in us if we are careless about it. 
If we don't care, who does? 

What a challenge to know that God rewards watch- 
fulness and carefulness with His grace and help. If 
we, care about our families, about our community, 
about our church fellowship, God helps our infirmities. 

Read carefully Jude 20 to 25, Here we have advice 
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and for those who wish to help others,, We have the 
promise of the preserving, delivering, saving power 
of God to enable us and reward us* 

"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your 
most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep your- 
selves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of 
our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life* And of some 
have compassion, making a difference: And others save 
with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even 
the garment spotted by the flesh* Now unto him that 
is able to keep you from falling, and to present you 
faultless before the presence of his glory with ex- 
ceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be 
glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and 
ever. Amen." --L«C* 



JUDGMENT 
(Continued from last issue) 

Judging Others 

The Word has much admonition on judging others: 
11 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what 
judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what 
measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again* 
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy broth- 
ers eye, but considerest not the beam that is in 
thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, 
Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, be- 
hold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, 
first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and 
then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out 
of thy brother* s eye*" (Matthew 7:1^5) "Speak riot 
evil one bf another, brethren* He that speaketh evil 
of his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judge th 
the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a 
doer of the law, but a judge* There is one lawgiver, 
who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that 
judgest another?" (James 4:11,12) "But why dost thou 
judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy 



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brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment 
seat of Christ." (Romans 14:10) "Let us not therefore 
judge one another any more: but judge this rather 9 
that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to 
fall in his brother' s way ." (Romans 14:13) The Lord 
came to save men, not to destroy them. If we, are 
critical and judgmental, it tends to destroy, not to 
build up. It makes me feel ashamed to think of times 
when I have been judgmental and critical* May we be 
builders, and as Paul said, "Give none offence, nei- 
ther to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the 
church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, 
not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, 
that they may be saved. 11 '(I Corinthians 10:32-33) 

There is another thought that needs to be brought 
out at this point: all through the Bible it has been 
God's will for mankind to repent if in sin. But if a 
person is set in walking his own way instead of the 
Lord's way, it is easy for that person to be offended 
if reproved for his sin, "And this is the condemna- 
tion, that light is come into the world, and men 
loved darkness rather than light, because- their deeds 
were evil* For every one that doeth evil hateth the 
light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds 
should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to 
the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that 
they are wrought in God." (John 3:19-21) The sinner, 
when reproved for sin, many times thinks the one that 
has reproved him' is judging,, But if it's in God's 
will, it's not judgment on man's part, but God has 
already judged. Jesus taught, "Take heed to your- 
selves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke 
him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he tres- 
pass against thee seven times in a day, and seven 
times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; 
thou shalt forgive him. And the apostles said unto 
the Lord, Increase our faith." (Luke 17:3-5) But when 
a God-fearing man is reproved, he is to take it pa- 
tiently. "For this is thankworthy, if a man for con- 
science toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 



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For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for 
your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when 
ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, 
this is acceptable with God* For even hereunto were 
ye called: because Ghrist also suffered for us, leav- 
ing us an example, that ye should follow his steps.* 1 
(I Peter 2:19-21) n He that reprove th a scorner 
getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a 
wicked man getteth himself a blot Reprove not a 
scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and 
he will love thee* Give instruction to a wise man, 
and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he 
will increase in learning* The fear of the Lord is 
the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the 
holy is understanding,, 11 (Proverbs 9:7-10) 

In closing, another serious thought comes to me. 
Are we as God-fearing as we ought to be--willing to 
live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth 
of God? Paul said, "As we said before, so say I now 
again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you 
than that ye have received, let him be accursed* For 
do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please 
men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the' " 
servant of Christ* Dut I certify you, brethren, that 
the gospel which was preached of me is not after man* 
For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught 
it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ** 1 (Gal* 1: 
9-12) Jude writes, "Beloved, when I gave all dil- 
igence to write unto you of the common salvation, it 
was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you 
that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which 
was once delivered unto the saints*" (Jude 3) 

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come* And let 
him that heareth say,* Come* And let him that is a- 
thirst come* And whosoever will, let him take the 
water of life freely* For I testify unto every man 
that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, 
If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add 
unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 
And if any man shall take away from the words of the 



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book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part 
out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, 
and from the things which are written in this book* 
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come 
quickly© Amen« Even so, come, Lord Jesus* The 
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you alio Amen, 

In Christian love, 
Kenneth Garber 
Twain Harte* California 

MEDITATIONS 

GRAVITY: WR/IT 13 IT? 

The earth, sun, moon, and planets have a self-con^- 
tained drawing power that holds them together and keeps 
them in orbit. 

Man was created with a desire to have something to 
worship and have confidence in # If we don f t accept, 
the true God, we try to fill the void with our own 
gods or devises. 

Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, 
will draw all men unto me." Also, we are told that 
none can come to Jesus except the Father draw him, 

ELECTRICITY 

A great universal power man has been allowed to 
learn about and use is electricity. We can only learn 
how to generate and use it. It is beyond our conpre- 
hension. Consider the millions of autos, planes, and 
many more inventions, each generating its own supply, 
and some able to Store it in batteries for future use. 
We feel lost in a lot of things beyond our understand- 
ing. Jesus' is also referred to' as "a quickening 
Spirit." Generated by His Word, we need to be constant- 
ly recharging or renewing our supply to be of any use. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



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THE PILGRIM'S WANTS 

I want a sweet eense of the pardoning -love, 

That my manifold sins are forgiven; 
That Christ, as my Advocate, pleadeth above; 

That my name is recorded in Heaven. 

I want every moment to feel 

That Thy .Spirit resides In my heart; 
That His power is present to cleanse and to heal, 

And newness of life to impart. 

I want — Oh I I want to attain 

Some likeness, my Saviour, to Thee I 
That longed-for resemblance once more to regain; 

Thy comeliness put upon me. 

I want to be marked for Thine own — 

Thy seal In my forehead to wear; 
To receive that new name on the mystic white stone 

Which none but Thyself can declare. 

I want so in Thee to abide, 

As to bring forth some fruit to Thy praise; 
The- branch which Thou prune'st, though feeble and dried, 

May languish, but never decays. 

I want Thine own hand to unbind 

Each tie to terrestrial things, 
Too tenderly cherished, too closely entwined 

Where my heart so , tenaciously clings. 

I want by my aspect serene, 

My actions and words to declare 
That my treasure is placed in a country unseen, 

That my heart's best affections are there. 

I want as a traveller to haste 

Straight onward, nor pause on my way; 
Nor forethought in anxious contrivance to waste 

On the tent only pitched for a day. 



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I want — and this sums up my prayer — 

To glorify Thee till I die; 
Then calmly to yield up, my soul to Thy care,, 

And breathe out in faith my last sigh, 



— Author unknown 

Selected by Susan R. Coning 



AS OTHERS SEE US 

"For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the 

Lord looketh on the heart." (I Samuel 16:7) 

The emphasis is usually placed on the latter part 
of this statement, and rightly so. But does that pre- 
clude any attention to the outward appearance? I think 
not. If our hearts are right, our appearance will be 
in accord; thus the condition of our hearts should be 
our prime concern. However, it may be interesting to 
consider the value of the outward appearance. 

Do we smile at God, or are smiles directed at those 
we meet? For whom are warm greetings or hearty hand- 
shakes meant? It ! s people who are affected. They 
judge our inner life by outward manifestation. Our 
countenance Is a mirror of the peace or turmoil within. 
If our heart is filled with love and compassion, others 
will' sense this as we relate to them. On the other 
hand, we cannot hide criticism or contempt if such 
feelings are harbored. 

Does God care what kind of clothes we wear? I be- 
lieve He does only to the extent that they affect us 
or others. When I 'hear people argue that since God 
looks on the heart, our dress is unimportant, I am 
reminded of an experience I once had. A young woman 
who had just become a Christian was seeing plain people 
for the first time, and she said to me, "You have a 
real advantage with your manner of dress. When people 
see you they know that you are a Christian, and it 
must' give you lots more opportunity to witness. No 
one would know just looking at me, that I am a Chris- 
tian, so they wouldn't come up to me and ask questions i! 



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I'm sure all true Christians believe in modest 
apparel as taught in I Timothy 2:9 and other places 
throughout the Bible. Me are the ones who are sinning 
if we dress in a manner which evokes lust in another. 
If we realize our obligation in these areas, what 
about uniformity of dress? Is it worth offending a 
brother or sister by wearing loud clothes or dressing 
just a little differently? I think even more important 
is our responsibility to those younger who justify 
their actions by what they see in us. 

If we feel that it is God that we must answer to, 
that is true. But if it. weren't important how we re- 
late to one another, God wouldn't have addressed six 
of the ten commandments to that area of our lives. 

God looks on the heart. What do people see in our 
hearts as they look on our outward appearance? 

— Miriam J. Sauder 

Selected from The Golden Chain 



THE BEST IS YET TO COME 

In Christ there is a rare treasure, 
Eternal life, ever secure; 
Then in its quest, oh, let us come; 
In Christ the best is yet to come J 

By His true Son, God is calling; 
He will save and keep from falling; 
To His request let's not be dumb; 
In Christ the best is yet to cornel 

Jesus has died that we might live; 
For us He did His life's blood give; 
With holy zest then let us come; 
In Christ the best is yet to cornel 

Life here in Christ is much better; 
I forever am His debtor; 
He stood the test; for me He'll come; 
In Christ the best is yet to conn; 



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We serve our God while here below, 
Through hard trials and much sorrow; 
It is faith's test to get wisdom; 
In Christ the best is yet to cornel 

Oh never faint, but keep the faith; 
In the Spirit labor. and wait; 
There is rest that ! s set for some, 
In Chrit the best is yet to cornel 

If we suffer and die for Him 
Who died for us; in glory we 
Shall be as guests in God's kingdom; 
In Christ the best is yet to cornel 

Christ is coming to take His own 
To reign with Him upon His throne; 
With Him the blest will get .freedom; 
In Christ the best is yet to cornel 

Chorus: 

We have been bought with a high price; 
The Lamb of God, outf sacrifice, 
Jesus has met our debt ransom; 
In Christ the best is yet to cornel 

— Hollis Edward Flora 



The lot in life. that God makes for us is always 
the very best that .could be made for us for the time. 
He knows better than we do what our true needs are. 
The real cause of our discontent is not in our cir- 
cumstances; if it were, a change of circumstances 
might cure it. It is in ourselves, and wherever we 
go, we shall carry it with us. The only cure that 
will effect anything must be the curing of the fever 
of discontent in us. 

Christian contentment is part of the learning 
process of becoming like Christ. 

Selected 



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HISTORICAL 
ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY THE BIBLE 

The history of the preservation of the text of the 
Old Testament would fill a volume in itself, for it 
covers hundreds of years ♦ There have been three major 
events, and numerous lesser ones, that have threatened 
to destroy the Scriptures of the Jews entirely. In 
586 B.C. Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, 
king of Babylon, and the temple was burned. The lead- 
ing people of the city and of the nation were carried 
away captive. Among these were doubtless the majority 
of those of literary ability, including the scribes. 
But the Word of God was not lost. Copies of the sacred 
writings were taken with the captives into Babylon, and 
there they were preserved carefully until the time when 
the Jews would return once again to their homeland. 

In the second century B.C. Antiochus Epiphanes tore 
down the walls of Jerusalem, robbed the temple of its 
treasures, set up a statue of Jupiter in the Most Holy 
Place, commanded that pigs be used as sacrifices, and 
ordered the destruction of all copies of the Jewish 
Scriptures. It was a crime punishable by death to be 
caught with a copy of the sacred books in one's posses- 
sion. There were those, however, who would risk death 
rather than give up their worship of God or their copies 
of His Word. Furthermore, the decree of Antiochus did 
not reach into Egypt, where there was a large Jewish 
population, nor into Babylonia, where many Jews still 
resided. Copies of the books of the Old Testament vere 
studied in both of these countries — thanks to the scat- 
tering of the Jews that had taken place years earlier 
in the time of Nebuchadnezzar. 

In.A.D. 70 the Roman, Titus, besieged Jerusalem, 
finally battered down its walls, burned the temple* 
and left the once strong and great city practically 
reduced to a rubbish heap. According to Jewish writ- 
ings, Titus also destroyed copies of the Jewish Scrip- 
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felt the necessity of destroying the Book that made 
them what they were. By this time, however, Christ 
had fulfilled His promise in which He had said: "I 
will build my church. " (Matthew 16:18) Our Lord had 
ascended to the right hand of God, the promised bap- 
tism of the Holy Spirit had come (Acts 2:1-4)* the 
church had been established, and the gospel was being 
preached. Even before His crucifixion, Jesus had 
warned His followers of the coming destruction of 
Jerusalem, so that they might flee from the city and 
thus be spared. (Luke 21:20-24) So now the books of 
the Old Testament were to be preserved by the Chris- 
Mans as well as by the Jews. 

From How We Got Our Bible 



By S. Edward Tesh 



100 YEARS .AGO .; 

The following poem appeared in the May, 1884, 
Vindicator . No author was given, but It is as timely 
now as it was then. 

DO THY LITTIE: DO IT XvELL 

Do thy little — do it well; 
Do what right and reason tell; 
Do what wrong and sorrow claim; 
Conquer sin and cover shame. 

Do thy little, though it be 
Dreariness and drudgery; 
They whom Christ apostles made 
"Gathered fragments" when He bade. 

Do thy little. God hath made 
Million leaves for forest shade: 
Smallest stars their glory bring; 
God employeth everything. 

Do thy little, and when thou 
Feelest on thy pallid brow, 



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Ere has fled the vital breathy 
Cold and damp the sweat of death. 

Then the little thou hast done, 
Little battles thou hast won^ 
Little masteries achieved. 
Little wants with care relieved. 

Little words in love expressed, 
Little wrongs at once confessed, 
Little favors kindly done, 
Little toils thou didst not shun, 
Little graces meekly worn, 
Little slights with patience borne. 

These shall crown the pillowed headj 
Holy light upon thee shedj 
These are treasures that shall rise 
Far beyond the smiling skies. 

Selected by John Schonwald 

BAPTISM 

Again we, the members of the Wakarusa Congregation 
rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call 
of the Master. Kimberly Flora received Christian bap- 
tism upon confession of her faith in Christ July 1. 
May she be true to Jesus and enjoy the blessings of 
salvation forever, 

— Melvin Coning 



BIRTH 

BAYER - A daughter, Regina Marie born June 24 to 
John Jr. and Loraine Bayer of Fulton, Kentucky, 



MARRIAGE 

CABLE— FLORA Ronald Cable and Faythe Flora were 
married on June 2 at Bradford, Ohio. They reside at 

22204 C.R. 28^ Goshen, Indiana 46526 (219)875-80^9 



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FOR YOUTH 
IS ANYONE LISTENING? 

Talking* Speaking* Yelling* Whispering* Mutter- 
ing* What two words best describe the five just men- 
tioned? My guess would be n not listening". Listen- 
ing is almost nonexistent, it seems, in the world to- 
day* We all know how frustrating it is when we try 
to say something and nobody is listening or paying 
the slightest bit of attention to us* 

Few people really listed* Why? That is just the 
waym&nis — without God* James says that. . . "the 
• tongue can no man tame. . ." (James 3:8), and he's 
right. Only God can« One of the ways we can tame 
our tongues with 'God's help is to just not say any- 
thing! Practice listening. The world heeds good 
listeners* " i: 

Paul writes ". * . study to hi quiet. ? '"." ("I Thess* 
4:11) We must first be quiet" to' listen properly* Be 
quick to listen, James writes "• . . let every man 
be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. / .» 
(James 1:19)— just the opposite of what we usually do: 
get mad, spout off and then listen! An old man tofd 
a young boy, "Say nothing every chance you get*' 1 Of 
course we know we need to speak and testify of Christ, 
but maybe following this advice would help us do just 
that. 

Lastly, listen with your hearts and minds, young 
people* When God calls, listen and answer* Don't 
let what He has to say to you go "in one ear and out 
the other*" Listen to -your parents and those with 
more experience* And remember, God is always listen- 
ing to you* - : - 

— Lloyd Wagner 

Modesto, California 

§ He that hath knowledge spare th his- wards. .. Even | 
| a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: 1 
| and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of I 
| understanding. —Proverbs 17:27,28 I 



16 CHILDREN* S PAGE 

"Lessons From Nature" Series 
PERSEVERANCE 

Almost every spring it happens again. We find a 
beautiful bird nest of finely woven grasses. Cradled 
inside are light colored eggs with markings that tell 
us the nest belongs to Mr* and Mrs* Cardinal. Again 
we get our hopes up — maybe this year they will raise 
some young cardinals without tragedy. 

This spring we were thrilled to see a cardinal nest 
in the best place of all--just outside our window in 
the highest sprig of a dense evergreen. And the eggs 
hatched. Arid the, babies grew. When they were a few 
days old I put a board with a lens hole cut out of it 
in the window close to the nest, so I could take pic- 
tures the next day. 

But the next day found an empty nest. It had al- 
most been torn down from its place, probably by a 
pouncing cat that; had stalked under the hedge listen- 
ing for baby birds. 

The parent cardinals both escaped. Did they give 
up and decide not to nest again? No, they always 
build another nest. It's usually in a safer higher 
place; often we don f t even find it* And apparently 
they raise their babies successfully, because we have 
more cardinals every year! 

When we are tempted to give up, let's remember the 
cardinals* Try, and try again. Try harder y and 
wiser. Persevere in your very best efforts, and suc- 
cess will likely come. --Stanley K. Brubaker 



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VOL. 31 AUGUST, 1984 NO. 8 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ir 



FOUNTAIN OF KNOWLEDGE 

If any of you lack wisdom, let. him ask of God, that 
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and 
it shall be given him* (James 1:5) 

Fountain of knowledge, living breath, 
Whose understanding ne'er shall fade I 
Fill us with life that hath no death, 
Fill us with light that hath no shade; 
Assist our learning all our days^ 
To see Thy power and sing Thy praise. 

Lord God of Hosts, before whose throne 
Stand storms and fire si what shall we 
Return to heaven that is our own, 
When all the worlds belong to Thee? 
We have no offering to impart 
But praises and a thankful heart. 

Great God, .whose kingdom hath no end, 
Whose secrets none can e'er unveil, 
Whose mercies none can apprehend, 
Whose justice none can countervail; 
What mortal "hearts cannot aspire 
To know, Lord, teach us to admire. 

By John Quarles (1624-1665) 

Altered by John J. Overholt 
From The Christia n Hymnar y 



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BEWARE OF SATAN'S DEVICES 

A few weeks ago I heard a scientist explain that 
approximately twenty billion years ago when the uni- 
verse was a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth 
of a second old its total area was the size of a grain 
of sand. Personally, I was amazed that an educated 
person could discuss as fact such a preposterous theory. 
It surely would be more reasonable to admit they do not 
know just how God created the universe. Just why, we 
may ask, is there a continuous effort to explain things 
that are revealed in God ! s Word? Me know that God 
created the universe and placed man on this earth for 
a good purpose. In the first few chapters of the Bible 
we learn of the adversary of God who would strive to 
divert man T s committment away from God ! s purpose. We 
wonder just- how this devil can have such an influence , 
for he of himself is really pretty helpless. Only by 
using and perverting God*s Word and purpose along with 
the consent of man can the devil have any power at all. 
When man is deceived and led by the spirit of self- 
eminence away from the Word of God, then he has no 
other alternative but to turn to his own thinking which 
is based on willful ignorance. Lest we believers in 
God f s Word become influenced by this system of unbelief , 
we must not be ignorant of Satan 1 s devices. 

The Apostle Paul in addressing the Corinthian Church 
on behalf of dealing with an erring member writes: 
"Lest Satan should "get an advantage of us: for we are 
not ignorant of his devices." (II Corinthians 2rll) 
Here we are informed that the Christian should be aware 
of Satan 1 s devices. If we were to catalog the devil's 
devices our' lists would probably include deceit, doubt, 
lust, greed, pride, covetousness, and many many more 
terms. In the study of the Bible we learn that the 
foundation for Satan's devices is his ovjn invention, 
and that is the lie* "...When he speaketh a lie, he 
speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father 



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of it." (John 8:44) The Word of God is truth which 
means that any force which questions or opposes God 
or His T .ord must of necessity be based upon untruth. 
Earlier I quoted a ridiculous theory of man. If man 
will not accept as truth the T . r ord of God, then he has. 
no choice but to base his thinking on non-established 
facts or non-truths. If God createdthe universe with 
a n big bang 11 from a minute area,that J s His business, 
but where did the sub-atomic speck come from? Perhaps 
it is natural to contemplate on God's act and purpose 
of creation, but If such study is for the purpose of 
placing doubt on the Word of God, then the student Is 
using unbelief and untruth as the basis for study. 
When truth Is sought after, then the knowledge of God 
and His purpose becomes evident. Conversely, when 
the truth or God T s Word is challenged, then unbelief 
becomes evident. Some people claim to be Christians 
but doubt or disregard and debate the authenticity of 
parts of the Bible. Thus one of Satan ! s devices be-" 
comes evident, a very serious offense, and that is in 
reality changing the truth of God's Word into a lie 
which, as we have stated is the basis for all of 
Satan 1 s devices. Human emotions and drives when con- 
trolled by the Spirit of God serve to create a healthy 
society. When people allow their emotions and drives 
to be controlled by the basis of unbelief then sin be- 
comes evident and God's order is violated with disas- 
trous results, as is evident In the breakdown of 
morals in society tbday. 

I would urge everyone to study the account of 
Satan tempting Jesus. Here one of Satan's devices is 
clearly evident, and that is the quoting of Scriptures 
out of context. Religous fanatics and extremists are 
the result of this tactic of the d. ev il« There is a 
sure defense against this device of Satan, and that is 
the T Jord of God. Jesus rebuked Satan by saying, "It 
is written." We should know and understand the Word 
so if we are tempted by an untruth or lie. vie may do 
as Jesus did and say "It is ■'written." 



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Let us strive to uphold the truth and be ready to. 
tell it to others^ for God would have all men to be 
saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. By 
possessing the knowledge of the truth we will not be 
snared by Satan but will beware of his devices. 

— Joseph E. Wagner 
Modesto , California 



BOOKS 

When did you last pick up a book to read? What 
book was it? Did you profit from it or were you sorry 
you read it? Would you recommend it to your friends? 

Many young people and children will soon return to 
school, and again the books will be opened for study. 
Books actually play an important part in our lives. 
Think of the many books we use nearly every day: 
cook books, instruction manuals^ devotional writings, 
dictionaries, hymn books, and, above all, the Holy 
Bible, God r s Book. (My grandfather used to call It 
the "Good Book.") 

When we think of a book, we picture a rectangular 
set of pages bound together on one side so the pages 
can be turned. But the books of past ages were much 
different. Some think that the first writings were 
on clay tablets. At least, this is all that is found 
from the ancient civilizations of. Abraham's time and 
earlier. Perhaps there were "books 11 then that did not 
endure until our times. The Egyptians introduced the 
use of papyrus similar to our paper. Parchment or 
vellum made from skins of lamibs, kids, or calves was 
also used for writing, perhaps from the very beginning. 
But these papyrus and parchment books were different 
from ours. They were made in long sheets as much as 
144 feet long by one foot wide. At each end was 
attatched a wooden roller on which the long sheet was 
rolled. Then by turning the rolls simultaneously in 
either direction, a small portion of the book was ex- 
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kept in libraries as today our books are stored. At 
one time the library at Alexandria, Egypt, contained 
over 700,000 books including copies of God's Word to t 
the Hebrew prophets. Many of these scrolls were de- 
stroyed by soldiers who saw little value in them. 

Today we tend to take books for granted because' 
they are so common. Nearly everyone learns to read 
now, but in the past this was not so. Only the most 
privileged ones were able to be educated and learn to 
read well. Books were scarce and prized very highly. 
Even in the early days of our country, books were few 
and precious. Printing was in its early development. 
Many families had only a few books including a copy ; of 
the Bible, Pilgrim 1 s Progress, and perhaps some alma- 
nacs or periodicals. 

In spite of the scarcity of books in the past (some- 
times because of this scarcity), they have had influ- 
ence on lives impossible to evaluate. And this is part 
of the purpose of this writing: to emphasize the im- 
portance of books and especially God T s Book.- Our read- 
ing holds tremendous potential for Influencing us— - 
for good or for evil. 

We can compare what we read to what we eat. It '"can 
be just what we need to make us grow in mind and spirit. 
Or it can be poison to us. Or perhaps our diet of 
reading can be a poor one that simply keeps us sickly 
and prevents our spiritual growth. Physically we are 
what we eat. Spiritually, too, we are what we read, 
hear, and believe. ' 

In John 6:63 Jesus said, ?t It is the spirit that 
quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words 
that 'I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are 
life." In John 1 God tells us that Jesus is the Word, 
that He was in the beginning, and that the Word was' 
made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus said, ri I am the 
bread of life, 1 ' and tells us that we must eat His 
flesh and drink His blood. Taking these Scriptures 
and many others, we see how vital is the Word of God 
to us. Job testifies (23:12), "Neither have I gone 
back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed 



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the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." 

And so God*s Word is what we need. We need it 
daily. We cannot grow without it. But like so many 
of God f s blessings, Satan tries to counterfeit this 
one, too. We could give as examples the books that 
actually claim equal or superior importance to God ! s 
Word: the Koran, the Book of Mormon, the writings 
of Krishna, Buddha, Confucius and others. But perhaps 
the books that influence us more are the ones that 
appear not quite so harmful but actually take up our 
time and attention that should go to G0d T s Word. I 
am thinking of the novels, the fiction,, and entertain- 
ing books that serve only to distract and amuse us. 
They are like the magazines, newspapers, radio and 
television programs that are so easy to get inter- 
ested in. Perhaps a few such programs and novels 
could be harmless — like a little sawdust or food 
coloring or artificial flavoring in our food. But 
when our food becomes primarily sawdust or flavoring, 
the picture changes. We miss the nourishment vital 
to health, and we become sickly. God says to us 
through John (I John 3:14), "...I have written unto 
you, young men, because ye are strong, and the _ word 
of God abi de th in you , and ye have overcome the' wicked 
one . n 

This wicked one or Satan or the serpent in Revela- 
tion 12 Is said to M cast out of his mouth water as a 
flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be 
carried away of the flood," How better could we 
describe the flood of ungodly books on the stands of 
stores than to call them a flood of water out of the 
mouth of Satan. These are available to all, includ- 
ing our children, and it presents today one of the 
major threats to the devotional lives of God's people. 
May we be aware of the peril of ungodly literature 
which is worse than sawdust in the diet — it is like, 
a captivating drug or poison to the souls of men. 

In conclusion, being able to read is a high privi- 
lege, and with this privilege comes responsibility. 
Reading and studying books can be a most useful tool 



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that can be for our edifying and our nurture and 
growth. Or this tool can be used to our detriment and 
destruction. May we use our time and our ability in 
getting to know God ! s Word to us that we may grow in 
His grace, Jesus tells us: "Heaven and earth shall 
pass away, but my words shall not pass away." (Matthew 
24:35) — L.C. 



SIN OR DISEASE? 

A recent study by so-called experts reveals that 
drug addiction, like alcoholism, Is a disease and is 
not a sign of weakness and has nothing to do with 
moralityl 

I will concede that 'some people are weaker than 
others and perhaps some, because of environment or 
the ^^^ay they were reared, are more prone to drink and 
take drugs than others but to declare it a disease is 
another attempt to free man from any responsibility 
for his actions. In other words, if a person becomes 
addicted it is not his fault but he is sick and Is in 
need of help. If he kills or beats his wife or abuses 
his kids, he is not responsible for he is sick I 

If a person never takes his first drink and never 
takes his first pill or smokes his first pot then ho 
won't have this disease I We are responsible for our 
actions and the solution to our drug problems will 
never be solved ijntil we realize that these crutches 
are not the answer. It just seems to me that we are 
skirting the issue when we brand everything an illness, 

There are some- moral issues involved — the least of 
which is that the Word of God warns us about taking 
into our body " that , which defiles." Be careful. . .you 
are responsible.. .the experts notwithstanding! 

By Tommy Hall 

Selected from Pulpit Helps , published 

by AMG International, Chattanooga, 

Tenn. 37422 



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TREASURE IN GOD'S FIELD 

There's treasure ih God's field, friends, 

Where all may find it now; J 

Out of great love our God sends 

His Word to tell us how. 

God's heavenly treasure is 

Of very greatest worth; 

This grand treasure shall be his 

Who spurns sin's dreadful dearth. 

There's treasure in God's field, friends;. 
There's treasure in God's field, 
Where the faithful seeker ends 
With wealth of highest yield I 

There's treasure in God's field, friends, 
More precious than earth's gold; 
It£ fine value God defends; 
God's Son for it was soldi 

Treasures of eternal life 
That never shall rust old; 
Far beyond all mortal strife; 
In Christ we it behold! 

There's treasure in God's field, friends, 
There's treasure in God's field; 
Its rich promise God extends 
By Jesus' blood revealed! 

There's treasure in God's field, friends, 

If we will seek it out, 

But real success now attends 

Those hearts so true and stout. 

Whether we are small or big, 
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If we have a will to dig. 
To give us great treasure. 



There's treasure in God's field, friends, 
There's treasure in God's field; 
They who obey are Jesus' friends; 
God's gift to them is sealed I 

— Hollis Edward Flora 



DOUBT 

Lord, I need Your help about 

The awful sin of doubt. 

Tell me, could it really be, 

You gave Your life on the cross for me? 

For I wonder now and then, 

When weary days drag to an end^ 
If You remembered me 

When You suffered at Calvary. 

Did You look down today 
And see me stumble by the way? 
See me when on my bed I lay, 
Too discouraged to even pray? 

Lord, I felt You draw me near 
As You wiped away my tear. 
And as I leaned upon Your breast 
My sin of doubt I confessed. 

Peace came when I heard You say, "My child, 
Come to me; I T ve loved You all the while. 
Your burden I ! ll carry and give You rest 
In me, You'll be forever blessed. 

L 1 I've "prepared a home on the golden shore; 
Your sins I'll remember no more. 



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They're washed away in the crimson flood, 
Buried underneath My cleansing blood," 

Oh I Praise the Lord I 1111 sing and shout 1 
I have no more fear, no more doubt. 
My sins are buried in the deepest sea; 
For me Jesus died at Calvary. 

— June Fountain 



MEDITATIONS 
THE LORD'S WAY 

Isaiah 55:8: "For my thoughts are not your 
thoughts > neither are your ways my ways, saith the 
Lord," The Lord allowed Satan to afflict Job to 
bestow a great blessing on Job, The Apostle James 
said to count it all joy to have temptations. 
Hebrews 12 til-: "Now no chastening for the present 
seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless 
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of right - 
iousness unto them which are exercised thereby," 
Likewise Satan was allowed to persecute Jesus, even 
unto death, but suffered a great defeat, even his 
own destruction, Read Hebrews 2:14-18. 

OBEDIENCE 

God commanded His people to obey His voice. The 
first act of obedience that is required is baptism. 
Then we need to read and study the Scriptures with 
a readiness to do whatever Is commanded, even to 
controlling our thoughts, II Corinthians 10:5: 
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing 
that exalt eth itself against the knowledge of God, 
and bringing into captivity every thought to the 
obedience of Christ.' 1 So we understand we have a 
continual duty every minute we are awake. 
— Ernest Wagner Modesto, California , 



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*t 



HISTORICAL 
HISTORY OF THE BIBLE 

The Care of the Copyists 

Those heroes of faith who risked much to preserve 
the Scriptures are not the only ones to whom we are 
indebted for the Word of God. Together with them we 
must remember those who labored with such reverence 
and devotion to make more and more copies to replace 
the ones that were worn out or destroyed. To copy a 
book by hand is an arduous task, and unless one exer- 
cises the utmost care, there is a great probability 
that errors will creep in. The Jewish scribes of the 
Old Testament soon learned that, in spite of their 
best efforts, they would make mistakes that would go 
unnoticed. Then they exercised even more care. If 
they were copying Genesis, for example, they would 
count the number of verses in their finished copy and 
compare this with their original. They would make a 
note of the middle verse and the middle word-even the 
middle letter-of the book. At times they would even 
count the number of letters in the book. If figures 
in each case did not correspond with the original, 
then search was made for the error, and it was cor- 
rected, If after due search the error ccuid frot bo 
found, then the og^py that had been made would be dis- 
carded. Such care, of course, lessened the danger of 
errors, and as a consequence we have been presented 
with a highly trustworthy Hebrew text of the Old 
Testament. 

There was a time, some fifty years ago, when it 
was the fashion among some scholars to question the 
Old Testament text in many, many cases and to Insist 
that corrections, or "emendations," were necessary. 
Of course, we always have need to examine the text in 
the light of all of the ancient manuscript evidence 
we can find. But repeatedly it has been found that 
our present text Is most accurate. What was thought 



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to be an "obscure reading" has been considered ob- 
scure only because of our own ignorance. Respect 
for the accuracy of the Old Testament text has grown 
with the passing of the years t 

THE PRESERVATION OF TH Z NfiW TESTaKSNT 

The New Testament books were written in Greek 
within a period of about seventy years after the 
death and resurrection of Christ. Already we have 
noted that Paul asked that his letters be read in 
churches other than the ones to which they were 
addressed. This would Indicate that copies might 
have been made to be circulated among the churches. 
Soon after the writing of the Gospel of John,, all 
four Gospels were brought together, even though it 
seems likely that they had appeared first of all In 
different parts of the country. About A.D. 95 & 
Christian leader In Rome by the name of Clement 
wrote a letter to the church at Corinth, and in it 
he mentioned " the epistle of the blessed Paul the 
apostle," by which he meant First Corinthians. This 
epistle, then, obviously had been copied and was now 
being read In Rome* As the churches grew and multi- 
plied, more and more copies of the apostolic writings 
were desired and were produced along with copies of 
the Old Testament. That the books did begin to 
attain a wide circulation is evident from the fact 
that they are referred to and quoted hundreds of 
times hj writers from about A.D. 95 on. 

No one knows how many thousand of copies of the 
Bible were made during the first two or three centu- 
ries of the Christian era, but there were still 
dangers to be faced by the Word. Wars and persecu- 
tions brought about the destruction of great numbers 
of manuscripts. Fanatic opponents of Christianity 
sought to. wipe out all traces of its teachings. But 
theirs was an impossible task. The message of God 
was not confined to the pages of a book} It had also 
taken root in the hearts of devoted men and women 
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to it that copies of the Scriptures were hidden from 
those who would bring about the destruction of Bibles.. 
The Word of God lived and prevailed. 

From How We Got Our Bible 
By S. Edward Tesh 

100 YEARS AGO 

This article from the January, 1884, Vindicator 
shows the unity of thought and need of Christians then 
and now. It was a selected article with no author 
named. 

TALKING WITH GOD 

There is a pleasure in mutual conversation. We like 
to talk with people, we talking to them and they talk- 
ing to us. We are not fond of having people ! talk to 
us by the hour, and not allow us to say a word; nor are 
we pleased to talk to others and receive no answers 
from them. 

Prayer is talking to God. Before Him we pour out 
our hearts; we tell Him our needs; we speak to Him as 
a man speaketh to his friend. But He has something to 
say to us: He wishes to teach us what is His will, and 
what is for our good. He talks to us in His Bible. 
If we would have God hear us when we speak to Him, we 
must hear Him when He speaks to us » If we would have 
answers to our petitions, we must return answers to 
His commands. And- if x^re will from day to day listen 
while God speaks to us from His Word, we shall find 
Him ready to hearken when we speak to Him, for He has 
said: "If ye abide in me, and My words abide in you , 
ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done, 11 If 
we will heed the teachings of the Word of God it may be 
said: "When thou goest it shall lead thee; when thou 
sleepest it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest it 
shall talk with thee . 11 But if we refuse to hear the 
voice of God in admonition and instruction, the time 
will come when we shall appeal to Him in vain, and 



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when he- shall say: "Because I have called, and ye 
refused^ I have stretched out my hand, and no man re- 
garded! *..I also will laugh at your calamity; I will 
mock when you fear comet h, n (Proverbs 2:24^26) We 
have ears to- hear all other voices. We listen to 
beggars and strangers, to friends and to foes — shall 
we not listen and hear what God the Lord will say to 

us? Selected by John Schonwald 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICES 

The Eastern District of the Old Brethren have 
agreed, the Lord willing, to hold our Fall -Love feast 
and Communion on October 20 and 21 at the Bradford, 
Ohio, meeting house. Communion is also appointed for 
October 7 with our members In Canada near Maple, On- 
tario, A hearty invitation Is extended to all of 
our members and friends to be with us, 

— Melvin Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in 
California, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast 
Meeting, the Lord willing, at Salida on November 3 
and 4. We sincerely invite and welcome all our dear 
brethren and sisters and friends to come and be with 
us at this time of communion and spiritual revival. 
May God richly bless this coming meeting and all who 
attend, 

— Joseph L. Cover 



Men may misjudge thy aim, 
Think they have dause to blame, 

Say thou art "wrong 1 
Hold on thy quiet way; 
Christ is the judge — not they; 

Fear not I Be strong! 

Author unknown Selected by Bertie Bake 3 



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FOR YOUTH 

"New and improved t" How often have we seen those 
words printed on a product on the store shelf or else- 
where? Many times, no doubt . It seems God has 
allowed man to vastly improve many of the items that 
we use every day, and we should be thankful that we 
live in a society that has many improved standards of 
health and safety designed to protect you and me. 

There is one thing, however, that can never be 
made new or improved upon. That is God ! s plan of sal- 
vation through Jesus Christ. Young people, we are 
warned by Jesus Himself that in the last times there 
are going to be those who. say, n Lo, here is Christ, 
or there] believe it not ," (Matthew 24:23) There are 
many wolves in sheeps clothing who would have- you be- 
lieve that their way is the only way, but keep in 
mind and memorize John 14:6. 

T hen I am approached with a "new and improved" 
Christianity, it reminds me of a new bath towel* It 
looks nice, it's not worn out or blemished, but when 
you use it, it is hard, scratchy, and leaves a lot of 
lint all over you I- Be careful and follow the Lord's., 
advice to the nation of Judah through His prophet 
Jeremiah; "Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for 
the old paths, where is the good way and walk therein, 
and ye shall find rest for your souls. "(Jeremiah 6:16) 

. — Lloyd Uagner 
. . * Ilodesto, California 

Lord, help me be a stable youth, 
And help me trust Thy Word alone; 
When others fall, may 1 still stand: 
So may Thy truth to me be shown. 

Uphold my life within Thy hand— 
I want to be of use to Thee; 
Oh, help my heart be pure and good 
So men Thy peace in youth can see. 

— Selected 



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" Lessons From Nature 11 Series 

CLOUDS 

High, high, in the bright blue sky 
Fleecy clouds go floating by, 
Furest white in the deepest blue. 
I've often wondered — haven ! t you — 
What far land are they drifting to? 
Where have they come from, sailing high, 
And why do they change so often, why, 
Fleecy, wispy, whirling, twirling, 
Sifting, shifting, in the blue? 
I've often wondered. Haven't you? 

Did you ever lie on your back in the soft grass of 
summer just to admire the sky scenery in the clouds? 
As if they were alive, they pattern their course over 
your head and off into the distance. More beautiful 
than any painting, they give changing action to a sky 
that would otherwise seem empty and meaningless. 

As they slowly drift, you marvel at how vast the 
great blue dome really is I How far can you see^ as 
you gaze at the circle of the heavens? 

A tiny speck of aluminum leaves a little jet trail 
behind it. You know it is really a gigantic aircraft 
filled with hundreds of passengers. You know its 
turbine engines are thundering loudly, but from your 
vantage point below, you hear no sound at all. 

All is peace. A crow wings its way to a distant 
forest. And you remember that — just as the jet was 
made by skilled jet-makers — so were the crow,, the 
forest, the clouds, and the great blue sky made by a 
skilled Creator — God Himself, Who made all things well. 

—Stanley K*:Brubaker 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 



HALLELUJAH, PRAISE JEHOVAH 

Hallelujah, praise Jehovah I 
From the, heavens praise His name; 
Praise Jehovah in the highest; 
All His angels praise proclaim. . 
All His hosts together praise Him, 
Sun and moon and stars on high; 
Praise Him, ye heaven of heavens, 
And ye floods above the sky. 

Let them praises give Jehovah I 
They were made at His command j 
Them for ever He established; - •- 
His decree shall ever standi 
From the earth, praise Jehovah, 
All ye floods, yg dragons all, 
Fire and hail and snow and vapors, 
Stormy winds that hear Him call. 

All ye fruitful trees and cedars, 
All ye hills and mountains high, 
Creeping things and beasts and cattle, 
Birds that in the heavens fly, 
Kings of earth, and all ye people, 
Princes grea't, earth ? s judges all; 
Praise His name,, young men and maidens, 
Aged men, and children .small. 

Let them praises give Jehovah, 

For His name alone is high, 
And His glory is exalted, 
Far above the earth and sky 

—Psalm 148 



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PEACE 

Who is he that doesn ! t want peace? Within the 
heart of mankind is instilled the need and desire for 
peace, because we were created in the likeness and 
image of God. And at that time, peace reigned in man, 
but because of disobedience in the garden, our fore- 
parents fell out of favor with God, .therefore losing 
peace,- "There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the 
wicked.' 1 ( I saiah 48:22) But thanks be to. God for His 
plan to bring mankind beck into full favor and fellow- 
ship with Him. "For unto us a child is born, unto 
us a son is given: and the government shall be upon 
his shoulder: and his name shall be called lionderful, 
Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, 
The Prince of Peace . Of the increase of his govern- 
ment and peace there shall be no end. . ."(Isaiah 9:6,7) 

At the birth of Jesus, as the shepherds were 
keeping watch over their flock by night, then "The 
angel of the Lord C3jne upon them, and the glory of 
the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore 
afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, 
behold, I bring , you good tidings of great joy , which 
shall be to all people. For unto you 'is born this 

day in the city of David a Saviour , which is Christ 
the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye 
shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 
lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the 
angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, 
and saying, Glory to God in the highest , and on earth 
peace , good will toward men. "(Luke 2:8-147" 

Yes, Jesus is the answer toman's problems, the 
remedy for peace again restored in the heart. 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only 
begotten Son. that v^hosoever believe th in him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life. "(John 3: 16) 
He came to give life and give it more abundantly. 



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"And j having made peace through the blood of his cross, 
by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, 
I say, whether the? r be things in earth, or things in 
heaven. And you, that were- sometimes alienated and 
enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he 
reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to 
present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in 
his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and 
settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the 
Gospel'. . ."(Colossians 1:20-23) 

Nov/ the God of hope fill 3^ou with all joy and peace 
in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the 
power of the Holy Ghost. "(Romansl5: 13) 

Peace is a result of a right relationship with God- 
A relationship that feels the need of forgiveness 
through Jesus, that feels the need of daily direction 
and guidance. "0 Lord, I know that the way of man is 
not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct 
his steps. "(Jeremiah 10:23) We must fall on the rock 
(Jesus) and be broken.- Jesus wants our all, If we 
try to pleas 3 two masters, we cannot have -peace;- to 
live for self can never bring peace, le can never 
knowingly walk in sin and have peace. 

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is , 
stayed on thee;. ."(Isaiah 26:3) n that thou hadst 
hearkened to my commandments 1 then had thy peace been 
as a river and thy righteousness as the waves of the 
sea. "(Isaiah 48:18) "The Lord will give strength unto 
his peoole: the Lord will bless his people with peace." 
(Psaijn 29:11) 

So first, we see, we must humble ourselves and feel 
our need, deny ourselves, and take up the cross and 
follow Jesus. And then, end only then will we have 
peace. 

Almost every letter of the Apostle Paul began with 
"Gr-ce be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, 
and the Lord Jesus Christ." How great is God's love 
towards us! How He desires us to have the peace that 
comes by trusting and obeying I "Therefore being just- 
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Jesus Christ*" (Romans 5:1) 

Peace is felt from within; it is from the Lord. 
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace..." 
(Galr-tians 5»22; Jesus said,, "Peace I leave with you, 
my peace I give unto you: not ©s the world giveth, give 
I unto you. Let not jour heart be troubled, neither 
let it '■ be..afi*aid. IT (Johh. 14 ;-27)* 

If we are unsure, or don T t feel we have the answer 
to something, we need to pray and trust the Lord for 
His leading, and patiently wait for the answer. If we 
■re in a circumstance in life where we can't see our 
way, let's look above the circumstance to the One that 
cares for us, casting all our cares upon Him. Remember 
the children of Isreal, having left Egypt, with the Red 
See-before them, and mountains on- either side,, and the 
. Egyptian army behind. It appeared there was no way of 
escape, but Moses said? "Fear- ye_. not, stand still,-, and 
see the salvation of the Lord." And wnat a deliverance 
the Lord made, allowing them to pass through the sea 
on dry land I And remember Feter, whom the Lord bid 
come to Him or the water. He was walking on the water 
until he took his eyes off Jesus onto the stormy sea. 
And then he begato. to sink, until he : cried out, " Lord 
save, me t" "And immediately Jesus stretched forth his 
hand, and caught him, and said unto him, thou of 
little faith s wherefore didst thou doubt?" (Matt 14:28-30) 

what a loving and compassionate Saviour! How He 
wants us to trust Him, believe His word, and have the 
joy and peace that comes from only Him. Then we can 
praise Him now and forever more. 

In closing, let*s consider the words Paul wrote to 
the Philippians: "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again 
I say Rejoice. Let gjour moderation be known unto all 
men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing ; but 
in every thing by prayer and supplication with' thanks- 
giving let your requests be made known unto God. And 
the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall 
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." 
(Phil 4:4-7) I 

In Christian love, 
Kennath Garber, Twain Harte, California 



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CHOICE 

We are constantly making choices. We choose the food 
we eat, the clothes we wear, the colors and styles of 
our homes and cars. We repeatedly decide — in the stores, 
on the highway, on the job, even before we get out of 
bed in the morning. And we realize that the choices we 
make, to a large extent, determine the course of our 
lives. 

One of the plain teachings in God's Word is the free 
choice of men and women. Many seem to think this is not 
ttue and that God really chooses for men regardless of 
a seeming independence or of the offers and invitations 
of the Word. It is plain that God could do that because 
He is all-powerful as well as being Supreme Ruler of all. 
It is also plain that man's choice is not so free that 
he has no bounds. God has given man an "either-or" and 
insists that he choose within the bounds that He has set. 
We cannot refuse to choose or choose beyond those bounds. 

But one of the glories of the high position of man 
(for example, higher than animals) is this choice God 
has given him. Joshua said, "And if it seem evil unto 
you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will 
serve." (Josh. 24:15) Moses told the People "...I have 
set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: 
therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may 
live," (Deut. 30:19) Elijah cried "How long halt ye ■ 
between two opinions?" Jesus called, "Come unto me, all 
ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you 
rest" (Matthew 11:28) And in the last chapter of Reve- 
lation (v. 17) Jesus again invites all to "Come... And 
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 
God does not tell us £hat our choice has been taken from 
us or that v/e never had it. On the contrary, He treats 
us as free individuals, created like Him. 

Seeing that we are invited of God to choose life, 
what a responsibility it gives usl If this is true and 
God T s. offer of free choice is "bona fide," v/e cannot 
blame anyone else for consequences of our choice. 

The people of our nation will soon visit the polls to 
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land and one of the highest in the world. Right now all 
efforts are being made that men and women of voting age 
be informed of the issues and of the characteristics of 
the candidates. The two candidates debate and make 
speeches so that the choice of the people will be a re- 
sponsible, well-informed one, 

God also wants us to be informed regarding our 
spiritual choices. Here the consequences are life and 
death-~and eternal besides. God has presented n His case" 
in giving His Son to die for us, telling us He loves us, 
giving His Spirit to enable us. His Word to guide us. 
Satan presents his case as a lying politician—promising 
pleasure of sin "for a season, " hiding the true issues of 
eternity, and charging that God spoils our fun and un- 
necessarily offers us a drab, uninteresting life here 
with no choice. One old Negro preacher is said to have 
remarked regarding the doctrine of election: "God always 
votes for you; the devil always votes against you; you 
have the deciding vote*" 1 

Jesus told His disciples in MarkS: 34,35 (and it is also 
to us in our time): "Whosoever will come after me, let 
him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but who- 
soever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, 
the same shall save it ." What comfort these words must 
have been as men and women stood at the stake with 
flames searing their flesh, or faced with a watery death 
by drowning, or were tortured almost beyond endurance. 
But to us, the implications of this choice are somewhat 
different, yet really have the same result. Vie are still 
called to give our lives. We die to sin. but there is 
often a long life to live in the body. Giving our lives 
or losing them : for Christ 1 s sake, then, can mean letting 
God have control and giving up our wills. 

These two ways of following Jesus are demonstrated 
in the lives of Stephen and Paul. The one, lost his 
earthly life at his prime time of witness for Jesus; 
the other lived a long life of servicer — probably with 
more struggle, sacrifice, and diffuculty than it would 
be to die by stoning. Which counted the most for God? 
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not been a Stephen, perhaps there would not have been 
a Paul* 

. Each day of our lives we are called to choose. The 
big question of whom we will serve should be settled 
once and for all.' Daniel purposed in his heart early 
In life that he would not defile himself with unclean 
(though sumptuous) food, Ezra had prepared his heart 
to seek the law of the Lord and to do it, Joshua said 
"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." And 
we can also have this resolve to serve God # But unless 
this choice is supported with a day by day renewal, it 
will not be effective. We can sing "I settled it all — 
Long ago — Down on my knees," But may we also sing 
each day: '"One more day's work for Jesus; One less of 
life for me." May our choices be for life eternal and 
for the encouragement of our fellow men, — L,C* 



MEDITATIONS 
SALVATION 

We should rejoice and be glad we are living in this 
day of salvation and can have this hope. For God hath 
not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by 
our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us that we might 
live together with Him. 

In Hebrews we are told of the faithful ones who 
have gone before, and that God has provided some bet- 
ter thing for us that they without us should not be 
made perfect. * 

TRJTH 

The Bible gives an honest account of the lives of 
people without covering up sin in any form. It is 
not a book where heroes are excused and villians 
remade to appear worse. 

What hope would we feel if all the worthy ones had 
no faults during their lives? But through Jesus ! 
atonement > we can correct our lives and trust His 

. ■ — Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



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OBITUARY 

DOROTHY '3ELL-: CQViiR was born near Hartville, Ohio on 
August 24, 1904 ^ daughter of Christie. R.' and Ffc tt-ie 
(Royer) Cover, 

In 19^7 > she came with her parents to Modesto, 
California, and spent mrnj ha.ppy years on- their farm in 
the Wood Colony community, where she attended Ransom 
School and had the association of many relatives and 
friends . 

She was baptizec. on March 18, 1923, into the Old 
Brethren Church of Salida.* She had a strong faith in 
a life beyond and recently spoke of Heaven, 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved parents, 
sharing their home until their death, each of them con- 
tributing to the uniqueness of their home. Her mother 
died on December 9 > I94&, an d her father on November 
27, 1965. 

Though Dorothy had been an invalid for many years 
and her only relatives were her cousins, she kept her 
cheerful personality, greeting all who called on her 
with a big loving smile and expressing her joy at 
seein them; always freely speaking of their Dualities, 
making them* feel .a worthiness the; were not aware of. 
She was very appreciative of any kindness. 

through the years, from childhood on, she often had 
illnesses, but many expressed, that to call on her was 
to leave them cheered ,as she had a strong sense of the 
huiiiorous and would'' often apply it to herself. 

Dorothy' had talents that kept her occupied in what 
could havfi been a long, lonely life otherwise. She was 
an excetftriLonal artist* many homes have evidence of the 
excellence cmong their furnishings. She also had a 
strong siinging voice that inspired others to think of a 
God giv^n talent not all possess, 

Boro&hy passed away in the Driftwood Convalescent 
Hospital, Modesto, on September 12, 1964, at the age of 
80-.yeai*s and 19 days. 

She had many first cousins in the Cover-Rumble-Mohler 
families; 12 of these surviving her. 

Funrr 1 servicer w-sm held Sertej ib&r 15. l^fA 



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Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel by Daniel F. Wolf, Joseph 
L. Cover, and Leslie Cover. Burial was at Wood Colony 
Cemetery. 

— Lowell Beachler 

IF YOU COULD SCE WJGKE I HAVE GONE 

If you could see where I have gone, 

The beauty of this place, 

And how it feels to know you* re home 

To see the Saviour 1 s face; 

To wake in peace and know no fear, 

Just joy beyond compare, 

While still on earth you miss me, yet 

You wouldn ! t want me there, 

If you could see where I have gone. 

If you could see where I have gone, 

Had made the trip with me, 

You'd say I didn't go alone; 

The Saviour came with me. 

When I awoke, He was by my side 

And reached out His hand; 

Said, "Hurry, child, you T re going home 

To a grand and glorious land.' 1 

Don T t worry over those you love, 

For I'm not just with you; 

And don't you know with you at home, 

They'll long to be there too? 

If you could see where I have gone, 

And see what I've been shown, 

You'd marvel at the care of God, 

His hand on every life, 

And realize He really cares, 

And bears with us each strife. 

And that He weeps when one is lost, 

His heart is filled with pain, 

But Ohi the joy when one comes home, 

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If you could see where I have gone, 

Could stay awhile with me, 

Could share the things that God has "made, 

To grace eternity. 

But no, you could never leave, 

Once Heaven's joys you'd known; 

You couldn't bear to walk earth's paths, 

Once Heaven was your home. 

If you could see where I have gone, 

You'd know we'll meet again some day. 

And tho' I'm parted from you now, 

That I am just away. 

So thank you, family, thank you, friends, 

For teaching me to love Him, 

Secure in every way, 

I'm waiting here at Heaven's door 

To greet you some sweet day. 

Author Unknown 
Selected by Ella Wagner to be read 
at the funeral of Dorothy Cover 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in 
California, have agreed to hold our Fall Love feast 
Meeting, the Lord willing, at Salida on November 3 
and 4# We sincerely invite and welcome all our dear 
brethren and sisters and friends to come and be with 
us at this time of 'Communion and spiritual revival. 
May God richly bless this coming meeting and all who 
attend, 

— Joseph L. Cover 



A good exercise for the heart is bending down and 
helping another up, 

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100 YL r JS> AGO 

(The following article appeared in the L"arch^l884 > 
V indicator as a selection. T "e see that in 100 years or 
1000 years , the rules of successful Christiar living 
do not change.) 

Seven Short Rules for Young Christians 

1. Never neglect dril^ private prayer; and when you 
pray, remember that God is present, and that he hears 
your ^r r yers # (Hebrews 11:6) - 

2. Fever neglect daily private Bible reading;- and 
when Tr ou read, remember that Orod is speaking to you, 
pnd that you c?.re to believe and act upon what He says, 
I believe that all backsliding begins with neglect of 
these two rules. (John 5 * 39) 

3. Fever profess to ask God for anything "you do not 
want* Tell Him the truth about yourself however bad it 
makes you; end ask Him for Christ r s sake to forgive 3rou 
for wh^t you are,, and to make you what you ought"' to be. 
(John 4-24) 

4* Fever let a day pass without trying to do some- 
t h ±nt? for Jesus, ^very night reflect on what Jesus has 
done for you, and ask yourself, ,,T . hat hi ve I done for 
TT im today?" (Matt. 5:13-16) 

5. If ever you a,re in doubt as to a- thing bein^ right 
or wronn, go to your room., kneel down and ask God's 
blessing upon it. (Col. 3:17) If you cannot do this it 
is wrong- . ( Rom. 14 : 23 ) 

6. Fever take your Christianity from Christians, or 
argue that, becaus.e such and such a people do so and so, 
therefore you may/ Cor. 9:12) You ask yourself, "How 
would Christ act in my place? 1 ' -~nd strive to follow 
Him, (John 10-27) 

7. Fever believe what you feel if it contradicts 
0-od's Word. ; .sk yourself, "Can what I feel be true?" 
and if both cannot be true, believe God and make your 
own heart the liar. (Rom. 3^4l I John 5:10-11) 

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HISTORICAL 

HISTORY OF Tm BIBLE 

What About Errors? 

Since , for fifteen centuries and longer, thousands 
of different people copied by hand the Biblical docu- 
ments > it is natural to ask the question, "Miat about 
errors?* 1 We have seen what meticulous pains were 
taken by the scribes to insure the accuracy of their 
work. But not all copyists were so careful. Even 
with the utmost care, it was inevitable that they 
would make mistakes. If they were copying by dic- 
tation, they might mistake a word for another that 
sounded about the same. Or, if they were copying from 
a manuscript, they might mistake a word for another 
that looked similar. 

If one has ever done much typing, he knows how easy 
it is to take the eyes from his copy at the end of a 
line, and then to return to the wrong line because 
there were two lines ending with the same word. In 
this way,he may leave out several Intervening lines. 
Or, in the same fashion, he may repeat a section. 
Both of these types of mistakes were made by copyists. 
To verify this, one need only compare the ancient 
copies with one another and he will find that there 
are variations. Ijhen one realizes this, his first 
thought may be that it would be impossible, then to 
determine the original text. But such Is not the case, 
as itfe shall see* 

How Do We Find the Original? 
Volumes have been* written on the science of the 
study of the text. Here we can only suggest the pro- 
cedure that is followed. Suppose we have before us a 
thousand manuscript copies of the book of Acts, cooies 
dating from A.D. 350 to 1000. We can determine the 
age of each quite accurately by the style of writing 
arid by other evidence. Suppose every manuscript con- 
tains some errors of copying I Yet the copyists would 



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■not all have made the same mistakes. Therefore, we 
m^y che'ck them against one another for accuracy. 
For example, suppose that., for any particular 
verse j nine hundred and eighty-eight copies read alike; 
seven agree on another slightly different reading; 
four have yet another difference; and one does not 
contain the verse at all. It is likely, if Bot almost 
certain , that the reading of the nine hundred and 
eighty- eight is the correct one. Of course, before 
any s^ch conclusion is reached, the ages and the nat- 
ure of the various copies must be determined and taken 
into consideration. But the matter is not left here. 
The scholars will also study the same verse as -it 
appears in ancient translations such as the Syriac, 
Latin, Coptic, end Armenian, They 'will also search 
the writings of early Christians and of early critics 
to find how they have quoted this particular verse. 
And when these sources also corroborate the rendering 
of the nine hundred'- and eighty-eight manuscripts, the 
accuracy of the reading has - been determined beyond all 
shadow of doubt. This kind of study has been made, 
and is being made over and over ..again, of every verse- 
yes, of almost every word — in the Bible. 

The Accuracy of the Results 

It may be readily seen that. the. accuracy of such a 
procedure as presented above will depend upon whether 
there is sufficient evidence to warrant definite con- 
clusions. For the Old Testament, until recently our 
oldest copies in Hebrew dated back only as far as A.D. 
900. Yet their high degree of accuracy has long been 
recognized. Then the Biblical texts were discovered 
at Qumran (the Dead Sea Scrolls), dating from the 
first century B.C. Comparison with the later -texts 
showed such minor variations as to indicate that our 
Hebrew Bible has, indeed, been wonderfully preserved. 

For the New Testament we have much more manuscript 
evidence. Portions of the New Testament have been 
discovered, dating from the second century, less than 
a hundred years after the writing of the books. Begin- 



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ning about the same time, the first versions (trans-- 
lat ions, into other languages) appeared, and these 
continued to multiply for about a thousand years. 
Altogether there have been discovered and studied more 
than four thousand manuscripts of the Bible , or parts 
of the Bible, dating from the second to the fifteenth 
centuries. The evidence is sufficient to enable us to 
reconstruct the original text of the Bible with a 
remarkable degree of accuracy. There do remain some 
words or passages for which we might desire a bit 
more evidence, but their number grows smaller. And 
not one of them affects a fundamental teaching of 
Scripture, The text of the Word of God has been so 
accurately preserved that we can know without -any 
question the teaching of God and the will of God for 

ms# From How We Got Our Bible 

By S. Edward Tesh 



• MY KINGDOM 

I do not ask for any crown 

But that which all may win; 

Nor try to conquer any world 

Except the one 'within. 

Be Thou my guide until I find, 

Led by a tender hand, 

The happy kingdom in myself 

And dare to take command. 



— Louisa May Alcott 

. Selected by Mary Lavy 



NOTE OF THANKS 

We deeply appreciate the financial aid and the 
prayers offered in behalf of Ryan during his recent 
hospital stay. It has meant much to us. May the 
Lord bless each for his kindness. 

— The Buford Flora Family 



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I 



FOR YOUTH 

THE I'ROm FOUNTAIN 

You'd think it was awful* 

: Indeed quite unlawful 

To drink from a sewer, I know; 

You ! d shudder with horror 

Should anyone pour you 

A drink from that odious flow. 

Completely unthinkable, 
Sludge isn't drinkable; 
You T d really become very ill; 
Indeed it would kill you 
If someone should fill you 
With even a cup of that swill:. ■ 

It is strange — you will find ■ 

Folks will poison their mind 

When they never would poison their bodyj 

Strange that no matter what 

They will feed upon smut 

And on books that are filthy and shoddy. 

Lots of magazine racks 
And most paperbacks 
Are just like a sewer, I think; 
They're just like a tap 
That runs "with a sap 

From which, no, not one person should drink, 
— Margaret Pennerr* Toews ' 



Young men likewise -exhort to be sober minded. In all 
things shewing thyself $. pattern of good works: in 
doctrine shewing uncbrruptness, gravity, sincerity, 
Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that .. 
is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil 
thing to say of you. ^^ 2 ^ 



CHILDREN »S P.fiS 
"Lessons From Nature" Series 
OVJiR-HE~CTION 

Have you ever watched a growing kitten learn to 
catch insects? How amusing its antics are I It twists 
first one way and then another. It stalks forward to 
pounce on an unwary grasshopper, or springs up into 
the air to try for a little butterfly* If it is only 
a tiny kitten you may laugh for some time at its over- 
reactions. 

When we respond to something, we are reacting . But, 
like the little kitten, we often find ourselves over - 
reacting — that is, we make too much adjustment for a 
previous mistake. For example, sometimes a boy grows 
up in a poor home and has potato soup at nearly every 
meal. If he over-reacts, he may tell someone, " T hen I 
grow up, I'm going to be rich, and I T m not going to 
evir eat potato soup again as long as I live." He is 
over-reacting; it would be better for him to avoid the 
extreme of desiring great riches, and to be willing to 
eat potato soup at least occasionally. 

A young bird trying to balance itself on a perch is 
another example.. When it almost falls forward, it 
over-reacts and leans too far backward. Then it finds 
itself going off center, it may lean too far forward 
again before it finally finds the safe place of bal- 
ance, inhere it can rest comfortably. 

Children, too, need to find that place of balance 
in every situation'. As you grow in life, try to avoid 
responses that would leave you stuck in the ditches of 
over- react ion. Instead find the safe walking place of 
moderation. Accept yourself, your friends and your 
family as God has made you. 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 



AWAKE! 

Awake, my heart, and honor 

With praise and thanks and might 

Thy God and thy Creator, 

And sentinel 'at night t 

The morning sun with splendor 

Proclaims its Maker 1 s fame; 

Anthems of praise do render, 

All ye who bear His name. 

To all parts under heaven 
Thy truth and faith extend; 
We see each morn and even. 
Thy grace of covenant. 
Let us this day consider, 
Oh, Lord, Thy kindliness; 
Our heart and soul together 
Inspire with thankfulness. 

My heartfelt thanks I bring Thee; 

Salvation I have found. 

As Thou hast suffered for me, 

In love to Thee I T m bound. 

And what 'Thou, Lord, hast given 

I consecrate to Thee. 

Oh, lead us, Lord, to heaven, 

Where we Thy glory seel 

From Zion T s Harp 



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THANKSGIVING— FDR FRIENDS 

At this time of thanksgiving I would like to call 
our attention to the blessing of friends • Among our 
many favors from God, this one stands out as important 
but not always recognized. Having friends outshines 
all of our material blessings. We should thank God 
for friends and also seek ways to appreciate them, to 
keep old ones, and to obtain new ones. We should 
especially thank God for Jesus, our best Friend — the 
One who promised never to leave nor forsake us. 

Quoting from Friends Can Be Good Medicine , "There 
are many people in the world, and one makes many ac- 
quaintances, but true friends are rare. Friends are 
earned, and once found, they must be treasured. Friend- 
ship is a fragile relationship and requires as much 
care in handling as any other delicate and complicated 
thing • . . " 

To help us value our friends, we might imagine our- 
selves in the position of Noah or of Lot. Perhaps 
even before their friends were destroyed, they had 
been alienated from them through their wickedness. 
But both these men were left alone with only their 
families. Some current writers comment on the poss- 
ibility of being left as the only survivor of an atomic 
attack* We might sometimes enjoy being alone, but 
being a sole surviyor would hold no joy or comfort r 
God can support His children in loneliness, in prisons, 
in dark valleys of trouble, but what a blessing it is 
to have friends in such time si 

Elijah thought he was alone when Jezebel threatened 
his life after the test at Carmel. It was evidently 
the low point of his whole life, and he asked the Lord 
that he might die. So we might feel if we thought we 
were alone. God assured him that there were many left 
in Israel who had not bowed to Baal* 

Friends understand us, and we need to be understood. 
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a friend will understand the thought behind the poorly- 
chosen words . Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A friend is 
one before whom I may think aloud." I would add-with- 
out fear of being misunderstood. 

Friends encourage us. How easy to become discour- 
aged! We may even maintain a front of confidence and 

enthusiasm which hides our- feelings of insecurity and 
disappointment. God works through faithful friends to 
lift our spirits and make us have hope and feel needed 
and worthwhile. Many subtle influences from the 
adversary try to convince us that our case is hopeless, 
but friends show us the bright side* I well remember 
as a teen-ager I had surgery and lay on a hospital bed 
for ten days. One of my school friends took time to 
visit me, and I have not forgotten In 35 years the 
encouragement he brought. 

Friends help us when we need hel;p. In times of 
financial need, Christian- friends are there to help. 
I see this as a characteristic of the true Church of ■■ 
Jesus Christ from Its very beginning. They love one 
another and help one another, This feature is in- 
tensified as needs increase* At times, persecution 
drove Christians to band together with all things 
common. Only friends in the true sense can do this. 
Ecclesiastes 4»9>10 says, "Two are better than one; 
because they have a good reward for their labour. For 
if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe 
to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not 
another to help him up." 

We once lost our alternator drive belt between here 
and the Valley — 35 -miles from home and in the middle 
of the night. As my son and I walked to the home of 
friends less than a,, mile away, we were given a ride 
right to the door by people who also knew people we 
knew. Our friend loaned us his car, and we arrived 
home safely. Many G f us could tell of the times our 
friends rallied to help us when we had extra expenses, 
sickness, or losses. Thank God for friends! 

Seeing that friends are so valuable, how do we 
obtain them and keep them? We tell our children, "A 



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man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and 
there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother, " 
(Proverbs 18:24) It is a lesson we all should remember. 
We can make friends and keep them by being friendly. 
If friends encourage us^ we should be quick to encour- 
age; if friends understand and support us, we should 
also try our best to be understanding and helpful. A 
man whom I barely knew approached me just yesterday 
and showed a genuine interest in me, my work, my people, 
and our history. It made an impression on me so that 
I even dreamed about the brief visit we hadl 

Proverbs 17:17 says, "A friend loveth at all times, 
and a brother is born for adversity. " This tells us 
of the necessity of being consist ant and constant If 
we are to be friends. We need friends we can depend 
on, so we should also be dependable. We see the 
treachery of Judas when Jesus needed friends and the 
way Job ! s "friends" criticized him, and even his wife 
let him down when he needed support so badly, 

William Penn goes down in history as a friend to the 
Delaware Indians, He paid them for their land and 
treated them as equals even after he had received title 
to New-World land from the King of England, Ihe Ind- 
ians returned this friendship by establishing perpetual 
peace with Penn, On the contrary, Penn f s sons tried to 
take advantage of the Indianss and they responded with 
hostility and enmity. 

This Thanksgiving season we should be grateful most : 
of all for Jesus who is our best Friend. These words . 
of His assure us of this relationship and our part in 
it: Ir Greater love hath no man than this, that a man 
lay down his life for his friends, le are my friends, 
if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call 
you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his 
lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all 
things that I have heard of my Father I have made 
known unto you»" (John 15:13-15) "What a Friend We 
Have in Jesus" - £s said to be the most loved of Christian 
hymns. How it should comfort us to know that this 
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is able to encourage, understand, and support 
us as no other friend can* May we "do whatsoever He 
commands us" and so qualify as His friends. "Thanks 
be unto God for his unspeakable gift." (II Cor. 9:14) 

— L.C. 



THY SON, THINE ONLY SON V 

"And... God did tempt Abraham, and said, "Take now 
thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and 
get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there 
for a burnt offering..." (Genesis 22:1,2) 

Fathers and Mothers, place yourselves in Abraham's 
place. Just follow along and think of the test that 
Abraham must pass or fail; because In a way this is a 
test for' present day fathers and mothers as well. 

We read that Abraham, rose up early in the morning 
and took two of his young men and Isaac his son. and- 
traveled for three days until' Abraham saw the place; 
Abraham then took the wood and laid it upon his son 
Isaac and the fire and a knife; and they went both of 
them together. When they came to the place, Abraham 
built an altar, laid the XArood In order, and bound Isaac 
his son and laid him on the altar. And Abraham 
stretched forth his hand and took his knife to slay his 
son* 

Then an angel of the Lord called, "Abraham, Abraham!" 
and Abraham answerfed, "Here am I e " And God said, "Don f t 
harm the lad* For now I know that thou fearest God 
seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only aon 
from me." 

What a testi Can you feel the love of a father for 
his son? 

Imagine the thoughts of Abraham, the anguish of 
spirit as he travelled those three days. Yet, I believe 
he was convinced it was God speaking, and he knew he 
must obey. 

Notice the relationship between father and son. And 
Isaac spake unto Abraham his father and said, "My 



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father." Abraham answered , "Here I am, my son," Isaac 
then inquired, "Behold the fire and the wood; but where 
is the burnt offering?" Abraham replied, "My son, God 
will provide Himself a lamb," 

Can you see the innocent trust Isaac had in his 
father? Can you somehow feel the stab of pain that 
pierced Abraham* s heart in this conversation? Can you 
see the conflict of loyalty between earthly father and 
son and then between Abraham and his heavenly Father? 

Now let's take a look at another scene. (II Sam, 22) 
In this chapter we have another hill; Mt« Gibeah; an- 
other father: Saul. This time seven sons, and, yes, 
another sacrifice. There was a famine in the land for 
three years in a row, And David inquired of the Lord 
and the Lord said, "It is for Saul and for his bloody 
house because he slew the Gibeonites." Saul had broken 
the promise the children of Israel made to them and 
sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of 
Israel and Judah. (II Sam* '21:2) David went to the 
Gibeonites to make atonement and said^ "Whatever ycu 
say it takes to make this right I will do it." 

The Gibeonites responded, "We don*t want any money; 
we don r t want any earthly possessions; and we won r t ask 
you to kill anyone for us. Just give us seven men of 
Saul^s sons and we will hang then up unto the Lord." 
And David delivered them to the Gibeonites, two sons 
and five grandsons of Saul r s; and they hanged them on 
the hill before the Lord, 

Now we don't re£d anything about the relationship, 
these sons had with their father. But we know what 
kind of man Saul wa^s. He was disobedient to God and 
God ! s order in the priesthood. We seehow Saul became 
jealous of David, whan he played the harp for him, to 
the point Saul tried to kill him. (I Sam. 13:13,? 
I Sam. 15) 

We also have record of the relationship between 
Jonathan and Saul in I Samuel 21. Saul was angry at 
Jonathan because he was a friend of David* s. Jonathan 
also asks a few simple, honest questions and what kind 
of answer does he get? A javelin thrown at him in a 



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THF 

fit of anger. So it's very likely that the relation- 
ship, with the seven sons that were hanged was no better, 
or was no relationship at all. 

Now we have another example — this time a perfect 
relationship. We have another hill, Mt.. Calvary, and 
also another sacrifice, and, yes, another Son, God's 
Son Jesus. We have much about the relationship of ... 
Jesus and the Father. Different places we read of the 
prayers of Jesus to the Father, and we see the oneness 
of Spirits. Before Jesus was betrayed and arrested, 
He prayed these words: » Father, if thou be willing, 
remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but 
thine, be done. 11 And there appeared an angel unto Him 
from heaven strengthening Him. And being in an agony 
He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat was as it were 
great droos of blood falling down to the ground. 

Can you see the struggle between Father and Son? 
The Father would have removed the cup if there would 
have been a way, but there was no other way to fulfill 
the plan of redemption. God did do what He could, 
though; He sent an angel to strengthen Him. 

Can we see the parallels in these three relation- 
ships? God asked of Abraham his most valued possession^ 
his son Isaac , and he offered him willingly. The 
Gibeonites asked of David what should have been part of 
Sau.l f s most valued possessions, seven of his sons. God 
willingly gave His most valued possession, His son Jesus, 
to save the world. 

If you could ask Isaac the question, "Why were you 
on Mt. Moriah?" I' believe his answer would be, "because 
my father loved me; and he loved God too and wanted to 
be obedient to God." 

If you could ask the seven sons of Saul, "Why were 
you on Mt. Gibeah?" What answer would they have given 
you? It would pro bally be, "Because my father sinned 
and forsook God," 

And if we could have asked Jesus, "Why were you on 
Mt. Calvary?" He would have answered, "Because of the 
love of the Father and the sin of the world." 

Earthly Fathers, what did Abraham lose by being 



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obedient to God? What did God lose by giving His Son 
to die? Did they lose their sons? Was their relation- 
ship hindered? No* It was a strengthening experience 
all the way around for both father and son. What 
about Saul, what did he lose? He lost everything: not 
only one son, but seven* 

God is asking us Fathers to give our sons to Him. 
Not only our sons but our daughters too. He has given 
us our children for a short time; and it"* a our business 
to teach and train them for His service. In doing so 
we must present our bodies a living sacrifice to God, 
Part of that acceptable sacrifice is a giving of our- 
selves, our talents , bur time and a sharing of our 
Christian experience , along with a living Christian 
example to our children. Only then can we expect to 
present their bodies and lives a living, acceptable 
sacrifice to God. 

To make an acceptable sacrifice to God is not a 
simp!© matter. It sometimes is the hardest thing we can 
-can do, just as it was for Abraham when God asked him 
to sacrifice Isaac. It was no doubt the hardest thing 
God ever asked him to do. But the Word tells us 
Abraham rose up early in the morning. I dcn*t believe 
there v;as any hesitation on Abraham *s part, only prompt 
obedience d 

That's the way it should be with us as fathers con- 
cerning the training of our children. We should not 
hesitate to mete out punishment, encouragement, criti- 
cism or any kind of training when we see it is neces" 
ary and circumstances are proper. This is a type of 
sacrifice a father makes for his son. It is a giving 
of himself, unselfishly, if done in the proper manner. 
Let us remember that each contact we have with our 
children in this mariner, whether punishment or encour- 
agement, binds the relationship of father and son 
closer and father and Heavenly Father closer. It is a 
way of giving your son or daughter back to God, just 
as- Abraham did on Mt. Moriah, But the way to lead your 
sons to Mt* Gibeah many times is simply by doing no- 
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was probably no relationship at all, or a relationship 
that was maintained only at Saul*s convenience. The 
result was total loss. 

Fathers, God has entrusted us with a great responsi- 
bility. Our children are the greatest fruits of our 
lives** They can be the greatest blessing we hare .or 
the greatest curse, 

God had confidence in Abraham, He said, "for I know 
him that he will command his children and his household 
after him; and they shall keep the way of the Lord to 
do- justice and judgment," I believe God has this con- 
fidence and sees this ability in every Christian father 
that He gives children to. 

But the test' comes. Just as sure and real as it 
came to Abraham, it will come to us. How are you going 
to handle this test? Shall we ignore the example we 
have to follow and the instruction God has given us? 
Shall we twist the Word to mean what we want it. to mean? 
Or shall we follow the instructions in simplicity, and 
honesty? The choice is ours. But let ! s remember the 
promise is ours only after the test is passed success- 
fully, just as It was for Abraham. "For because thou 
hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, 
thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, 
and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the 
stars of heaven, and as the sand which Is upon the 
seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his 
enemies-; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the 
earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." 
(Genesis 22:16-18) 

Fathers, have you obeyed the voice of God? Which 
mountain are you leading your son to? If you want to 
lead your son or daughter to Calvary, which is the 
desire of every Christian father, we must first. lay 
him on the altar of Mt* Moriah. We must be obedient 
to the call of God just as Abraham was and be willing 
to give back to God that which He gave to us. This is 
the sowing, later comes the reaping. "That in blessing 
I will bless thee because thou hast obeyed my voice and 
has not withheld thy son, thine only son*" 

Thomas Royor, Nappanee, Tndi'ra 



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HISTORICAL 
HISTORY OF THE BIBLE 

The following is. Matthew Henry's introduction to his 
commentary on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. 

The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ; so this second part of the Holy Bible is en- 
titled: The new covenant. But, when it is (as here) 
spoken of as Christ r s act and deed, it is most proper- 
ly rendered a testament, for He is the testator, and 
it becomes of force by His death, (Heb» 9:16,17) All 
the jrace contained in this book is owing to Jesus 
Christ as our Lord and Saviour. This is called a new 
Testament, to distinguish it from that which was given 
by Moses. How carefully do we preserve, and with what 
attention and pleasure do we read, the last will and 
testament of a friend, who has therein left us a fair 
estate, and, with it, high expressions of His love to 
us I How precious then should this testament of our 
blessed Saviour be to us, which secures to us all His 
unsearchable riches i It is His testament-; for though, 
as is- usual, it was written by others, yet He dictated 
it; and the night before He died, in the institution 
of His supper, He signed, sealed^ and published it, in 
the presence of twelve witnesses. In it is declared 
the whole counsel of God concerning our salvation, 
Acts 20 $ 27 i 

The Four Gospels. Gospel signifies good news,, or 
glad tidings; and this history of Christ'© coming into 
the world to save sinners is, without doubt^ the best 
news that ever came from heaven to earth; the angel gave 
it this title (Luke 2:10), n T bring you good tidings; 
I bring the gospel to you," And the prophet foretold 
it, Isa. 52: 7; 59:1. Gospel is an old Saxon work; it is 
God ! s spell or word. The four books which contain the 
history of the Redeemer we commonly call the four gos- 
pels, and the inspired penmen of them evangelists, 
or gospel -writers. These four gospels were early and 
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in Christian assemblies, as appears by the writings of 
Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, who lived little more than 
a hundred years after the ascension of Christ. A Har- 
mony of these four evangelists was compiled by Tatian 
about that time, which he called, n The Gospel out of 
the four'. 111 In the third and fourth centuries there 
were gospels forged by divers sects, and published, one 
under the name of St, Peter, another of St. Thomas, 
another of St. Philip, &c. But they were never owned ! 
by the church. 

The Gospel according to St. Matthew. : The penmen was 
by birth a Jew,- by calling a publican, till Christ 
commanded his attendance, and then he left the receipt 
of custom, to follow Him, and was one of those that 
accompanied Him all the time that the Lord Jesus went 
in and out, beginning from the baptism of John unto the 
day that. He was taken up, Acts 1:21,22. He was there- 
fore a competent witness of what he has here recorded. 
Doubtless, it was written in Greek, as the other parts 
of the New Testament were; not in that language which 
was peculiar to the Jews, whose church and state wer& 
near a period, but in that which was common to the 
world, and in which the knowledge of Christ would be 
most effectually transmitted to the nations of the 
earth. — Matthew Henry 1 s Commentary 



100 TEARS AGO 

This article on_ home responsibility appeared in the 

May, 1884 Vindicator , 

HOME SINS 

The plainest of all spots on the Christian character 
is temper. Each individual Christian is, we trust, 
trying to perform, carefully and faithfully his 
work in the world for the Lord. ' All desire to be faith- 
ful stewards of the home charge, but we all find more 
difficulties in showing Jesus at home than In the world 
outside of our homes. One great hindrance to a home 



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exhibition of Piety is a home sin. We may call some 
sins distinctly "Home Sin/ 1 because they are never 
exhibited elsewhere perhaps, never even guessed at 
outside of our own homes. And again, I repeat, the 
worst of all home sins is ill temper. Too often we 
find professed Christians all sweetness in the circle 
of society, appearing to be engrafted, upon crab-apple 
trees in their own houses. jEhere are various degrees 
cf this sin, but all equally dishonoring the Lord 
Jesus Ghrist, which are often permitted, and yet con- 
stantly sully the fair page of Christian testimony. 
The angry remonstrance — the want of gentleness in tone 
or look, the undue regard for our dignity when offended, 
the maintainence of our own opinions simply because 
they are conceitedly our own, and in spite of the ill- 
feeling we know they will cause, are all fruits of the 
scrubby crab-tree. Therefore a great part of our home 
work ought to be a constant guarding against anything 
akin to bad temper, a closing of the evenness of our 
souls against the entrance of unkind thoughts or feel- 
ings, Temptation and trials will come, but no more 
than we are able to bear, for "God is faithful who will 
not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able to 
bear, but will with the temptation also, make a way of 
escape*" If we could only see the great folly of ill- 
passion and foolish anger; how contrary it is to the 
spirit of true religion; what an enemy it is to our 
present happiness in this life and how much it unfits 
us for the duties which we owe to God, to our neighbor, 
and to ourselves, we would surely be more on our guard 
for our children, our friends; yea, and for the enemies 
of Jesus are keeping an incessant guard over any who 
profess to follow Christ. Take care lest these observ- 
ers have an occasion to call us inconsistent, and we 
should be more careful of the home Vineyard if we would 
not have it scatter the seeds of evil far and wide, for 
none can tell just where his influence upon others 
begins or ends. Too often we are found looking way off, 
to find our duties, when they are lying so close at 
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life, Christ 1 s teachings should be practiced, and 
though no word may be spoken by Him bearing directly 
upon the subject, yet those around us will surely feel, 
and see clearly that we are walking with God. May we 
all be more faithful, that when life wears to its close 
we may look back upon years spent in God's service, and 
know and feel that He has been our Refuge and Strength, 
a Helper ever present, 

— Anna G. Falls 

Selected by John Schonwald 



MEDITATIONS; 
DAY OF GRACE (HARVEST TIME) 

I Timothy 2:4 says, "Who will have all men to be 
saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth ." In 
John 4:35, Jesus said, "Lift up your eyes, and look on 
the fields; for they are white already to harvest." 

On the next couple days He gathered many of the 
Samaritans . In Matthew 20 we find the parable of a 
man seeking labourers who were wanting and willing 
to work In his vineyard. I believe we are living in 
the eleventh hour of the Day of Grace. At least we 
should trim our lamps, 

HARMONY 

In reading Scripture, it sometimes seems to contain 
contradictions. We may read ? "We are saved by grace," 
and another place "For we are saved by hope," and still 
another "He that believeth and is baptized shall be 
saved." But if we read Paul's definition of charity, 
we find charity combines all. It is like our body which 
has many members; each has its own mission to perform; 
all are necessary to be In perfect health. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Hillhaven Convalescent Hospital 

1310 W. Granger 

Modesto, California 95350 



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TO THE LORD 

Locking to the Lord — 

. that is faith. 
Turning to the Lord — 

that; • is repentance , 
Coming to the Lord — 

that is conversion. 
Adding to the. -Lord — 

that is adoption. 
Singing to the Lord — 

that is devotion. 
Heartily to the Lord — 

that is service . 
Giving to the Lord — 

that is fellowship. 
Cleaving to the Lord — 

that is dependence. 
Faithful to the Lord — 

that is loyalty. 
Attention to the Lord — 

that is discipleship. 
Obedience to the Lord — 

that is Christianity. 

— Selected 



BIRTH. 

HARPER - A son, Joshua Lee, born August 28 to Michael 
and Sue Harper of "Nappanee, Indiana. 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

Tom Royer's 28772 C. R. 44 

Nappanee, Indiana 46550 
(219) 862-2707 

Joe Royer'p 62159 Beech Rd. 

-Mishawaka/ Indian:.. 46544 
(219) 633-4628 



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FOR YOUTH 

Did you see last month's poem, "The Wrong Fountain," 
comparing poor reading material to a drink from a sewer? 
We need such warnings, but perhaps you are wondering, 
"What then should I read?" Gan we recognize good books 
and stories in a time when there is such an avalanche 
of literature available to us? Here are some suggestions. 

First, God T s Word is not only safe but essential. Use 
it as daily devotional reading. Use it as a high stan- 
dard with which to measure 'other matter. If your books 
contradict God's Word or make you less interested in. His 
Word, you will know they are not of God, and you should 
avoid them. There is clever writing available ' that in a 
subtle way throws doubt on the Truth or makes fun of it. 
Some books represent Bible characters wrongly, supplying 
details about godly men and giving us entirely false im- 
pressions of their lives* These seeds of error can. take 
root in the mind and become very hard to weed out. We 
might even forget where the thoughts come from.&nd mis- 
takenly think they are in the Word. 

Second, read books having the. sanction of Christians 
of the past. Pilgrim 1 s Progress , for example, has cer- 
tainly been tested and proven, and yo^ung people find it 
both interesting and challenging. Biographies of men God 
used in the past are profitable studies for young and old. 

Third, don't be afraid to sometimes tackle church his- 
tory or a recommended doctrinal writing. It may not be 
entertaining. It may require real effort to finish. 
But be sure God wlH reward your effort. You will profit 
more and remember more than you might think. 

Fourth, take advice from older Christians. Let them 
suggest good books, and heed their warnings against poor 
ones. If you need to., evaluate a book yourself ■-•before" you 
read.it, use the methods you have: read the introduction; 
read any recommendations and know who made them;. . notice 
the "publisher. Well-known Christian publishers. usually 
don't put out corrupt material. 

May your reading time be redeemed and not i^asted. We 
should remember that reading is a privilege and a useful 
skill for which ire are accountable to God. < — L.^. 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
"Lessons From Nature 11 Series 
THE BEAUTIFUL PROMISE 

"A - rainbow! " we shout. "Look at it! You can see 
both ends I n Everyone rushes to the window to search 
the sky for its treasure. And no one is disappointed, 
because a rainbow is always beautiful* 

But when we look at the rainbow, do we remember that 
it is a promise to us — a shining, many-colored covenant 
that God has made with the generations of men? 

Long, long ago, after the Great Flood had washed 
the whole earth, God said "As long as the earth remains, 
there will be seedtime and harvest; there will be cold 
and heat; there will be summer and winter; and there 
will be day and night." And then God gave Noah and 
his sons another promise: "I am making a promise with 
you , with your children, with the birds, the animals, 
and everything that has come out of the ark. My promise 
is that I will never again destroy the whole earth with 
a flood. And this is the sign of my promise to you: 
I do set my (rain)bow In the cloud, and it will be a 
reminder of the promise between Me and the earth. When 
the bow is in the cloud I will see it, and I will re- 
member my promise." 

Do we remember God*s promise to us? Do we think 
about it when a shining rainbow brightens the clouds? 
And do we remember that God Is looking at the rain- 
boitf and remembering His promise of long ago? 

How thankful we *c'an be that God makes so many pro- 
mises to us J And how very happy we should be when we 
remember that He keeps His promises — He will not break 

a single one of them, . _ _ _ ^ , 

—Stanley K. Brubaker 

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from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 



• SLEEP ON 

Baby Jesus/ take Thy rest, 

Sleeping in the mange rj 
Heaven's choicest, Heaven's best, 

Earth's redeeming Stranger. 

Coming to the land of woe 

From the land of glory; 
Living here that all may know 

Life's redeeming story. 

Take Thy rest, and grow in grace, 
Thy dear loved ones caring/ 

Fill Thy station and Thy place; 
Fill in manhood f siring. 

Grow to set the children free 

From all sin surrounding; 
Children of the King to be, 
'In Thy -love abounding. 

Sleep, for perils dark and dreer 

Soon Thy way besetting; 
Son of God shine bright and clear,' 

Sons of God begetting. 

Sleepl The shadow of the cross 

Darkens soon Thy going; 
Soon to gain in Thy life's loss, 

Victory overflowing. 

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EMMANUEL— GOD WITH US 

An exhausted young woman recently palled herself 
painfully over the granite corner of the top of Half 
Tome in Yosemite National Park* She had just completed 
in ten days a solo climb up the sheer face of that 
rock that towers over 2,000 feet above the base. She 
had lost 9 pounds; her hair was matted; and her face 
was lined from the intense effort and . concentration 
as she focused all her energy and skill on inching 
safely up without a fatal fall. It was several days 
before her face would relax onough to smile J Why all 
this effort and risk? And why do we describe it here? 
She was successful*; she didn't fall. But what did she 
really have to show for it? Only exhaustion, raw fin- 
gers, tattered garments and a miserable 10 days of rain, 
m&& 9 and work* The report of her climb told nothing 
about God ! s will or His helping her. To accomplish 
this feat tgr herself seemed of top value. Even her 
husband waited below and then hiked around the backside 
of the dome to meet her at the top* 

We see by faith another young woman, no doubt ex- 
hausted also from the labor of bringing a Son into the 
world, This young woman is not alone; her husband is 
by her side, and God is near, supporting her and giving 
her calm assurance that her labor is not In vain. She 
is an instrument in God*s hands as He brings salvation 
and peace into the world — available for all men. For 
this is Mary, "the handmaid of the Lord, 11 She too 
has "climbed a mountain," Her Son is born and "is set 
for the fall arid rising again of many in Israel,,." 
Mary has experienced the universal pronouncement of God 
upon disobedient Eve, and thenceforth on all mothers, 
when He said, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and 
thy conception; In sorrow (pain) thou shalt bring forth 
children," But what a reward 1 What worthwhile effort' 



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What joy to know that the Saviour Is bornl 

These two young women could symbolise the choice we 
have in life* If we choose to do a solo — without God, 
without help from our fellowmen — it will be a hard 
climb. The mountain (this world) is cold, . sapping the 
strength and warmth. It is steep and sheer, defying 
progress and allowing the ascent with only the utmost 
effort, concentration, study and skill. And If you 
slip — The writer of Ecclesiastes (3:9,10) was not 
mistaken when he wrote, "Two are better than one; because 
they have a good reward for their labour. For if they 
fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but T woe to him 
that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another 
to help him up," Even about the first man, God , said, 
"It Is not good that the man should be alone 1 . " : At- the 
end of the solo climb, what is there for reward? A 
solo life is a wasted life. It Is pride that makes us 
want to travel alone. When we admit that. we. need help, 
it humbles us. : 

On the other hand, if we choose to depend on God and 
yield to His will for us, the climb becomes a labor of 
love. The mountain is there, but we have help over the 
rough times. Our life is free from care and worry. 
We are able to help our fellonman, God is with us, 
supplying His grace, strength, and protection. He is 
able to keep us from falling. And if we slip, He. 
lifts us up. We arrive at the top refreshed and re- 
newed. For. "thpugh our outward man perish, yet the 
inward man is renewed day by day." "But they that 
wait upon the Lord .shall renew their strength; they 
shd.ll mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run., 
and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint." 
(Isaiah 40:31) 

One of the names given to the newborn Jesus was to 
be Emmanuel meaning "God with us'J Can we see how He 
can be Jesus which means Saviour? It is because He is 
with us. "With" here means "association in respect of 
accompaniment; hence, alongside of; in company of*" 
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The hymn says n And He walks with me, and He talks with 
me, And He tells me I am His own* f , n Regarding the 
Holy Spirit, Jesus told His disciples !f .**He dwelleth 
with you, and shall "be in you* I! (John 14:17) 

n The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the 
world* 11 This means we are not alone* Jesus was born 
to take on Him the nature of man. The apostle in 
Hebrews 2 explains this (V.9): u But we see Jesus , who 
was made a little lower than the angels for the suffer- 
ing of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he 
by the grace -of God should taste death for every man, 11 
(V*14) ,! #** That through death he might destroy him 
that had the power of death, that is, the devil* " 
(V. 17,18) "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to 
be made like unto his brethren.., For in that he him- 
self hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour 
them that are tempted. " 

Wondrous grace, that He was born to be our Saviour, 
and that we need never walk, or climb, or live alone » 

Walk alone? Why should I be alone 

When Jesus offers to be by my side? 

Brave the storms of life alone? 

When God's own Word affords a faithful guide? 

No, we. have our good Emmanuel, 

God, with us—Oh glorious, happy thought; 

He will be our constant shield 

Till all the battles of this life are fought. 

May we never walk alone in self and pride, 
For that way saps our strength and leaves us cold; 
Jesus says He ! ll always be there by our side 
Even though our steps grow short, our faces old, 

Jesus, still be near and bear these heavy burdens 
Till at last we reach the blissful home. 
There we Ml sing our Saviour's praise forever. 
May Thy glorious, everlasting kingdom comei 

— L.C. 



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WE ARE ALL TRAVELING-HIT -V/HERE? 

A few years ago we went on a little journey to visit 
some of our loved ones. As we had never been there be- 
fore; we asked some of the brethren the best way to go. 
Also > we had to study the road map. As we were travel- 
ing on the highways, with cars zooming all around us^ I 
had to think how much of a parallel this is to our 
daily Christian walk in life* As We go from day to 
day, there are people on every side of us racing to 
and fro. It seems that the faster they can .go, and ■ 
the louder, the more they like it. How easy it is to 
let the world rub off on us, I know I would be better 
off if I would study the "Heavenly Road Map" more 
closely and more often* I have heard it said, and I 
believe it, that the Bible is- the road map to Heaven* 
This road map is different from the other road maps. 
The Bible tells us how and what we. must do to get to 
Heaven, also gives warnings and dangers along the way. 
My Road Map says there will be people trying to deceive 
all those who are walking on the straight and narrow 
way, 'The thing to do is to know the a.uthor of The 
Bible, and only do what He says. 

As I travel unknown roads I have to keep my eyes on 
the signs, and my mind on what I am doing, or I can 
easily get on the wrong road, or turn the wrong way. 
It is the same way with our spiritual journey. We have 
never traveled this road before, but thanks be to God, 
we have a guide to go by that tells us all we need to 
know to get there. We are not only told, but have a 
pattern to go by. We can also get advice fron our 
Brethren. What would we do without the fellowship with 
each .other? I have v been told several times that our 
church leaders take too much authority and try to get 
us all to be puppets. One definition of puppet is 
"an object pulled by strings from behind the scenes." 
My greatest desire is that we could all be puppets for 
the Lord. What I mean by this is when God pulls my 
strings, I can act according to His will, willingly, 

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have church shepherds. Let r s say a shepherd has a 
flock of sheep, Each day he finds and takes his sheep 
to pasture, but when the sheep are there, the shepherd 
totally takes his mind off his obligation., The 
sheep could go in the danger zones , an enemy could get 
a little one , or they could fall over the cliffy but 
the- shepherd would be busy doing his own thing. We 
say, "How tragicl 11 and all because of neglect, 

It is true that we as people are not like animal s> 
we have minds to reason things- out* I know in my life 
I have been advised on certain things, but because I 
have a mind and my own reasoning/ I reason things; out 
to suit myself. Many times, I am afraid, we rte worse 
than those animals* When this happens, we fail to 
study our Road Map, and realize Satan is trying to pull 
us away from God* How many times do we slip just a 
little at a time till finally we are in the danger zone* 
How thankful we should be to have brethren that can see 
the way we are going and give us a warning J They not 
only warn us but help us back on the right way* .-"Too 
many times we say 'we. Should be able to do our thing. 
Where would that flock of sheep be If the shepherd 
would let each sheep go where it wanted to go? Before 
long there would be utter confusion. 

When we were first married we took more trips than 
we do now, and have had several anxious moments. It 
seems like it is my nature to like to visit and some- 
times not pay much attention to where we are going. 
One particular time we were traveling and had to make 
a stop To get back on the road we wanted, we had to 
make several turns* ' (I always feel tense till I grt on 
the road again,) When we got back on the road, I thought 
I knew we were going 'right; again I could relax. Soon 
my relL&xed state was over, for we saw a sign saying we 
we^e going the opposite way we should be. My first - 
thought was, n If only I had paid more attention! 1 ' The 
way the roads were designed, we had to drive several 
miles to get turned around. There were a few places 
that we could have turned, but signs said not to enter. 

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tracked and forget what we should be doing? Soon we 
realize we are going down the same road we just came 
up * What I mean is that I have many -improvements in 
my life to make; when I finally get on top, I have to 
be doubly careful or I find myself going backward. One 
of my big struggles is to think I am nothing , f, To think 
of yourself is as big a sin as to think more highly of 
yourself/ 1 When we feel we are nothing, let*s remember, 
God doesn T t make junk. Each day I have to fight this 
feeling* Again, this is one of' the many times/ that 
the "shepherds" have helped guide me in the right ■way. 

Several Scriptures come to mind if T would study the 
Road Map. Paul says, "...But this one thing I do, • 
forgetting those things which are behind, and -reaching 
forth unto those things which are before, I press 
toward the mark for the prise of the -high- -calling 8 of 
God in Christ Jesus." (Phil, 3:13,14} If we would 
forget the many things which are behind, how much better 
off would we be I It seems it is easy -to forget the 
things we should remember, and remember the things we 
should forget. I find in my life I can testify like 
Paul, '"For that which I do I allow not: for what I 
would, that I do not,; but what I hate, that I do," 
It gets more clear to me every day, that we must know 
Jesus better, The better we know Him, the more we can 
be like Him, 

Yes we are to walk and talk to God as we go on this 
journey. But do ye really talk to Him as we should? 
Do we thank Him for the many things He does for us? I 
know there are many blessings I recieve that I take for 
granted. A few times I have walked with some of the 
brethren in a woods on a Sunday afternoon. It is 
easy to talk freely, and share things that are bother- 
ing us. As we walk along when I have stumbled and 
fallen, my brother helps me back up. It comes auto- 
matic for us to thank him for his help. Many times 
we clasp hands in thankfulness. How many times do I 
fall spiritually, and Christ picks me back up? Do I 
clasp His hand and really have true fellowship with 
God? Sorry to say, but m^ny times I fall spiritually, 









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and try to get back up on my own strength^ and forget 
our Father is wanting to help* I know that we as 
parents^ feel bad when our children seemingly do not 
want our help — when we see them struggling. How much 
more does our Heavenly Father feel the hurt I 

Just recently I read about a man sitting on a hill 
looking out over a valley* He heard a noise close by. 
Not far from him was a blacksnake curled up, his head 
raised ahd tongue flashing His eyes had a wild gleam 
in them. Not far from the snake was a little sparrow 
going around in a circle* It seemed the bird had trou- 
ble doing what he should , The author said the bird, 
with every circle would get closer and closer to the 
snake. The bird knew he should get farther away,, but 
the snake had the bird charmed. Finally the bird got 
close enough the snake devoured it. None of us want 
to admit it^ but far too many times we get charmed by 
Satan. I trust none of us get close enough that Satan 
can devour us. 

As stated earlier on our travelling and getting on 
the wrong road, when we wake up spiritually and see we 
are going wrong, we realize that many times the things 
we do or follow are almost right , but we all know that 
almost isn*t enough* When we finally see our mistake, 
oh how we want to be back on the right road I We can 
get back; but like on the highways, we can ! t just turn 
around where we want to* Wrongs have to be made right 
in certain avenues. 

My prayer is that this can be said of all of us. 
"But now they desire a better country ^ that ±s, an 
heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called 
their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. ,r 
(Hebrews 11:16) 

Children,, I have given you a Road Map 
For you to study from day to day; 
It tells of hills and. valleys 
That must be crossed along the way. 

Beware of the signs all around you; 
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He has signs and directions all over; 

If you're not careful, your eyes become glued. 

You see, I once made a garden; 

Everything was beautiful and fair; 

My children were to dress and keep it, 

Arid I talked to them, in the early morning air. 

Yes, my children there were happy 

As we walked through the garden green; 

There were no problems, no distracting thoughts, 

But, dear ones, there was one unseen,. 

You see, I once had a helper 

In my mansion way up high. 

But one day, he became unruly, 

And I had to cast him from the sky. 

One morning as Adam and Eve were walking 
In their garden so green and neat, 
They stopped beside the beautiful tree 
That had fruit, but God said, "Do not eat." 

Satan tried to reason and tell 
How God didn't really mean what He said. 
"Why, ..if you eat this beautiful fruit, 
I know you will not become dead," 

So Children please be careful 
And study the Map as you go. 
My life I gave as an Example; 
;You my Pattern to others must show. 

— Everett Oyler 

New Paris, Indiana . 



One of the devil's snares is to occupy us with the 

past and future so as to take away our usefulness for 

the present. _ _ 

— Selected 



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HISTORICAL 

HISTORY OF THE BIBLE 

MARK 

The author of this account of the Gospel is John Mark 
(Acts 12:25) His Jewish name was John and he was also 
called Marcus. (Col. 4:10) He was the son of Mary, a 
Christian Jewess who dwelt in Jerusalem. Her home was 
convenient for the gathering together of the disciples 
and early Christians, (Acts 12:12) We know nothing 
of his father. 

Mark was cousin to Bamabao, He was taken with 
Paul and Barnabas in their first missionary journey. 
(Acts 13:5&13) Mark turned back, and for this reason 
Paul refused to take him on the next journey, 
(Acts 15:37-39) but evidently thought better of him 
later, (II Tim. 4:11) Mark seems like a Roman in 
training and development. 

We know nothing of Mark's conversion, but it was 
probably due to Peter. (I Peter 5:13 "Marcus my son.") 
He must have been one of the early disciples. He was 
an associate and fellow worker of Peter and Paul. 

This Gospel bears all the marks of originality, 
That the information set forth in this Gospel came 
from an eye witness is strongly suggested by the vivid 
manner in which the details are presented and the 
vigorous actional element. 

According to ancient testimony, Mark wrote the Gospel 
under the direction of Peter. Peter's preaching was 
the basis of the record Ma^k hasr.- given. In II Peter 
l:15j the apostle Peter promises to leave behind him a 
record of the Gospel \ This was fulfilled in the Gospel 
of Mark, 

Peter keeps himself in the background of Mark's 
Gospel, He omits times when Peter was especially 
honoured but shows his failures (14:37) and his denial 
of Jesus, (14:66-72) 

The purpose Is to present Jesus as the Servant of 
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character of the incarnate Son is manifested.. The 
writer plunges at once into the public ministry of 
our Lord, Jesus is set forth as He was in His daily, 
actual life, living and working among men., in the ful- 
ness of His energy and self-sacrifice. 

Adapted from studies 

by Bishop Alvin L. Winger 



100 YEARS . AGO 
THE PATHWAY IN THE SKI 

A lady traveling through a dense forest in a South- 
ern state/, was benighted, .and after journeying some 
time her colored driver found he had lost his way. 
Dismounting from the vehicle he started to find it, and 
she noticed to her surprise that he went among the. 
trees looking upward to the sky. She asked him why 
he was looking upward, when .he tos trying to find the 
road beneath. He continued gazing up to the heavens, 
and said: 

"If I can find the path in the sky I can find the 
road on the ground." 

He knew that in dense forest the only place where 
he could see blue sky above was where the acoad had been 
cut through among the trees; where there was clear sky 
overhead, there was a plain path under foot. 

The lady learndd a memorable lesson that nighty and 
we may learn the same. We tread a shadowed path; some- 
times we find ourselves beset with dangers, and often 
our course is overhung with gloom, and in the midst 
of the deepening shadows we feel that we have lost our 
way. Sometimes we despond; at others we turn wildly 
hither and thither to find the path we have lost. 
Can we learn to look upward and seek the pathway in 
the sky ? Over the path cf divine appointment shines 
the light of divine blessing; over the way rn- which 
God would have us go, beams the calm brightness of 
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Involved in snares and dangers, In the midst of doubts, 
perplexities and tribulations let us ever seek to find 
the pathway in the sky* And that one course , over 
which beams the light of the stars of blessing and 
of hope j Is the safe path for us to tread. "The path 
of the just Is the shining light, that shineth more 
and more unto the perfect day. M 

Rrom the December, 1884, Vindicator 
Selected by John Schonwald 



MEDITATIONS 
PERCEIVING AND UNDERSTANDING 

These two very important parts of Faith enable us 
to form a mental picture of things we hear and see. 
Jesus gave much of His teaching by parables to give 
people a mental picture of His word. By this means 
we can take pleasure In visualizing things we are 
physically unable to go see. The Scriptures give 
views of things from Creation to Eternity. 

; ■ WORDS 

Words are the means we have to convey our thoughts 
to one another. How important it is that we diligently 
study to have a good supply laid up in our hearts, to * 
sustain us, or to help others if we have opportunity. 
The word of the Lord is all. that profits, Today we 
are living at a time when human voices are amplified 
and broadcast all over the world and even millions of 
miles into space. Dq we realise our brains are uerfect 
receiving and broadcasting systems that no invention 

can equal? Mark 4:24 "And he said unto them, Take 

heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall 
be measured to you and unto you that hear shall more 
be given." 

— Ernest Wagner- 
Modes to, California 



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BAPTISM 



We, the members of the Wakarusa Congregation,, were 

made to rejoice when Larry Cable requested Christian 

baptism. Upon public confession of faith in Jesus 

Christ j he was baptized on December 2. May the Lord 

be his constant guide, * r _ r . 

— Melvin Coning 



MARRIAGES 

MARTIN—CONING Neil Martin and Lois Coning were 
married on October 28, 1984^ near Wakarusa, Indiana, 
■ New address: 25623 C.R, 44 

Nappanee, Indiana 46550 

(219) 862-4895 

BOWMAN — BOONE Jerry Bowman and Janelle Boone were 
married December 12, 1984, at Brookville, Ohio. 



BIRTH 

MACHADA - A son, Daniel Oliveira, born October 22 to 
Francisco and Elivaine Machada of Rio Verde, Goias_, 
Brazil. 



ADDRESS CHANGES 

Jean and Anita Martin 66044-1 C.R, 11 

Goshen,, Indiana 46526 

(219) 862-4065 
« 

Mary Wagner jj ec j Bird Hospital 

Beverly,, Kentucky 40913 

(606) 598-5135 

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God^ 
and Into the patient waiting for Christ. 

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FOR YOUTH 

How well do you know the account of Christ* s birth? 
Answer as best you can without looking! 

1) Isaiah records six names to be given the new born 
child* What are they? 

2) Who prophesied that Christ would be born in Bethlehem? 

3) Which two writers record Christ *s birth? 

4) Who preceded Jesus both 'in birth and in ministry? 

5) What was the occupation of this person 1 s father? 

6) 1*10 appeared to this man and announced his son ! s 
birth and later announced Jesus 1 birth to Maty? 

7) Where did Joseph and Mary live? 

8} Who was responsible for Joseph and Mary ! s being in 
Bethlehem when Jesus was born? 

9) Why were they there? Give two reasons. 

10) Who was King over the land at the time? 

11) What kind of cradle was Jesus laid In? 

12) Were the first people to know about Christ's birth 
wealthy and influential? 

13) How were they informed of Jesus* birth? 

14) Did they ignore the announcement? 

15) What happened one week and one day after Jesus 
was born? 

16) Whom did the Spirit direct to come see Jesus at 
this time? 

17) An eighty- four year old woman saifr the little baby 
also; whom did she * specifically tell about this event? 

18) How many wise men from the East came to worship 
Jesus? 

19) What were the gifts that they brought? 

20) Joseph^, Mary j and Jesus fled to Egypt to escape 
Herod* Whose prophecy was fulfilled by this? 

21) What happened back in Bethlehem at this time? 

22) How did Joseph know that it was safe to return? 

23) Did Joseph take Mary and Jesus back to Bethleham? 

24) Where does Jesus live now? 

25) Why was Jesus born? (Answers page 15) 

— Lloyd Wagner Modesto , California 



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GOD INCARNATE 

Fairest Lord Jesus^ serene You lay 

In swaddling clothes on a bed of hay, .."* 

What a bed for You to lie updn^ 

Who were one with God at creation 1 s dawn! 

Did the watchful shepherds realize, 
When angelic hosts covered the skies 
And glorified God for gift so rare, 
That You were the answer to every prayer? 

Fairest Lord Jesus, today You reign 
At God ! s right hand in that vast domain; . : 
Redeemed of all ages around You sing) 
Some day we1.ll crown You our Lord and King, 

— Ruth M. Williams - ■ ; '.. - 
Selected b^Suaie Wagner 



ANSWERS 1) Immanuel; Wonderful; Counsellor; The 
Mighty God; The Everlasting Father; The. Prince of Peace 
(Isaiah 7:14, 9:6)*" 2) The prophet Micah '(Micah .5:2) 
3) Matthew and Luke, 4) John the Baptist. 5) 'A priest. 
(Luke 1:5)V 6) The angel Gabriel (Luke 1:19, 26,27) 
7) Nazareth (Luke 1:26). 8) Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1). 
9) Joseph was of the house and lineage of David and to 
be taxed. (lake 2: 4,5). 10) Herod (Matthew 2:1) 
11) A manger (Luke 2:7). .12) Most likely not. They were 
shepherds. (Luke 2:8). 13) By an angel and also a 
multitude of heavenly hosts. (Luke 2:9-14)'. ' 14) No I 
they came with haste to see Jesus. (Luke 2:16). 1*5) He 
was circumcised and later presented to God in the temple, 
(Luke 2:21-22). Simeon (Luke 2:27). 17) "All them that 
looked for redemption in Jerusalem." (Luke 2:38) 
l8) : The Bible doesn*t say. 197 Gold, frankincense and 
myrrh (Matthew 2:11). 20) Hosea 11:1 21) Herod slew 
all the children under two years old. (Matthew 2; 16) 
22) An angel told him. (Matthew 2:19). 23) No, they went 
to Nazareth. (Matthew 2:23). 24) In the hearts of His 
believers and in glory, with the .Father. .25) To. redeem 
fallen nan, Jesus was born to die and rise again. 



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"Lessons From Nature 11 Series 

BREAD OF LIFE 

How many common foods can you think of that are made 
up mostly of grains? Really there is a multitude. 

In the bread family we have common white bread, 
whole wheat breads, and cornbread. 

Among cereals we eat rolled oats, shredded wheat, 
flaked corn, puffed wheat and corn, and many other 
combinations of grain that have been steamed, cooked, 
and blended together to make our morning cereals. 

One grain we like explodes into white puffs of 
popcorn. We eat barley in vegetable soup, and use 
grain flours in noodles, macaroni, pancakes, pretzels, 
cakes, cookies, and many other foods. 

Every year the wheat farmers of the world grow 
trillions of bushels of wheat — enough to fill a freight 
train stretching around the' world and farther. 
How thankful we are that God provides this common 
grain that keeps millions of people alive day by day. 

But do we ever stop to think that if we would have 
all the food we could possible' want, we would 
still die sometime? Jesus said that "Man shall not 
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth 
out of the mouth of God, 11 And He said, "I am the 
living bread which came down from Heaven: if any man 
eat of this bread, he shall live for ever." 

Like a kernal of wheat or corn planted in the earth, 
Jesus was buried in a dark tomb. But like a grassy 
plant that grows forth from that planted seed to 
produce grain, so did Jesus come forth from the grave 
to give everlasting life to all who partake of His 
goodness. —Stanley K. Brubaker 

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